Tenuta di Biserno

Lodovico Antinori learned about this piece of land in Western Tuscany from Dante Scanavino, his then-General Manager at Ornellaia, and was struck by its similarity to Bolgheri's Masseto. This 35 hectare estate is located where the vineyards of Bibbona and Bolgheri meet each other, and is as Lodovico observes, "very similar to Saint Emilion and Pomerol". It wasn’t hard to convince legendary French enologist Michel Rolland to get involved in the winemaking, either. Lodovico found the views down to the Tyrrhenian Sea, all the way to Corsica, similarly spectacular. What Lodovico also saw was that the complex soil comprising silt, alluvial sand, and a high percentage of clay in places, combined with the richly-mineral and indigenous Bolgheri-Bibbona "conglomerate" soil, was ideal for Cabernet Franc. Like neighbouring Bolgheri DOC, this terroir is all about Bordeaux varietals, although here Cabernet Franc is used in a greater percentage, followed by Merlot, with just a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Biserno is also distinctive for the relatively high percentage of late-ripening, thick-skinned Petit Verdot, which is becoming a highly sought grape once again due to the very high quality wine it makes.