Many times we are guided by the Denomination of Origin when buying a wine, but there are cases when the opposite happens, that first taste of a wine leads us to the rewarding experience of discovering a whole new appellation which was unknown for us before. Such events still deserve more attention when we realize that the whole Appellation of Origin consists only in one cellar. X-Files.
How can you make such a progress from having just your little vineyards to get your own Denomination of Origin? Or still more intriguing: How to make your cellar -Designation of Origin- microcosme become world famous?
I think that I will not be able to answer any of these interesting questions and the truth is that if I could and I would have embarked on that venture, that?s how I am. But I'm sure that the responsible of Dominio de Valdepusa in Spain and Bolgheri Sassicaia in Italy know what this is about, since they are some who have succeeded doing it.
Sassicaia marketed its first vintage in 1968, although the family owners were producing wine since the forties. Their passion for the wine world and especially for the French wines from the Bordeaux region led them to plant the first vines with the intention of using them just for their personal consumption.
The obsession with the pursuit of quality drove them to consider the business. Thus, excellent wine and persistence led to the inevitable: as in 1983 this small area of Livorno, in the middle region of Tuscany, was declared appellation of origin.
The case Dominio de Valdepusa is even trickier. The plot of land where the vineyards are placed is property and belong to the family of the Marquis de Griñón since 1292. These fifty acres in Malpica de Tajo (Toledo) enjoy the special features of a terroir that gives to this family success in the wine.
Each year they produce around 300,000 bottles of different wines, two of which are among my favorites: Caliza and Marqués de Griñón Petit Verdot. Also their essence has to do with Bordeaux as happened with Sassiscaia, although in this case the relationship with the French region is given by the house winemaker, Michel Rolland, who comes from there.
Summa Varietalis 2006