On the street of Bolgheri there are a lot of turnoffs up to the left. One of it leads to Grattamacco which isn't easy to find, even when you get the right exit. But the search is worthwhile. Grattamacco is the second oldest wine estate of Bolgheri. It was founded in 1977, after Sassicaia had started to market its wines commercially to fame and glory. The wooden fermentation tanks which are used for the Grattamacco also come from the wine estate of San Guido because the domains support each other. The first vintage was the 1978.
The vineyards of Grattamacco are situated at about 100 metres (328 feet) above sea level, a wonderful protected climate between the hill of Castagnet Carducci and Castiglioncello, surrounded by primeval forest. The tasting room that is above the barrel cellar offers a magnificent view over the climate. The wild boars love it as well and take the liberty of nibbling away their share before the harvest.
The founder and owner of Grattamacco at present is cultivating a quaint grape variety for dessert wine on the Isle of Elba. Since he devotes himself entirely to this task, he leased out his wine estate to someone else in 2002. The leaseholder is the ColleMassari Group, who also run the wine estate Castello ColleMassari near Grosetto. Under the new leaseholder it remains a priority to process the Grattamacco as a storable first class wine. Both red and white wines of the Grattamacco can cope with time well. If one can resist it in its youth, one should keep it in the cellar for some years.
Grattamacco Bianco 2005
Bolgheri Rosso 2005
Grattamacco Rosso 2004