Meet the Italian icon with a special ‘grazie’ for Angels
Published by The Naked Narrators - 25th Jun 2020
Say ciao to Stefano di Blasi
He’s a Tuscan treasure, a Sangiovese savant, a Mediterranean mastermind…
He’s the world-famous Italian winemaker behind some of the most luxurious and refined Angel-funded wines ever made.
Now, straight from the top of Tuscany, Stefano wants to say thanks to Angels in his own words:
What is it that makes Stefano so legendary?
A quick glance at his winemaking resumé is like going down a list of famous milestones in Italian wine:
- He helped craft ‘Il Puro’ Fattoria di Lavacchio, the first-ever Chianti made without sulphites – one small step for Stefano, one huge leap for organic Italian wine.
- He was part of the winemaking team behind the ’97 Solaia from Antinori, the first-ever Italian wine to be named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. In the words of Wine Spectator: “If there were two wines that changed the face of Tuscany, they were Tignanello and Solaia.”
- He’s rubbed elbows at tastings with his winemaker heroes like Bordeaux’s Left Bank legend Jacques Boissenot and Australian legacy John Duval.
Add to Stefano’s resume: he’s even inspired royalty with one of his masterpieces, Tignanello.
Pronounced “teen-ya-nello”, it was one of the first “Super Tuscan” styled wines ever, made by Antinori starting in 1971. By 1997, Stefano was a part of Antinori’s team as a young winemaker determined to make a lasting mark on Italian wine.
Then along came Meghan Markle. Before she became a household name as the Duchess of Sussex, Markle ran influential blog “The Tig”, inspired by a moment of awakening from the wine Stefano had helped create.
“It wasn’t just red or white – suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine. It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a “Tig” moment – a moment of getting it.”– Meghan Markle, on her first sip of Tignanello
These days, Stefano’s on his greatest winemaking adventure yet – making wines just for Angels. Among his wines that Angels swoon over, explore:
His 94% rated Toscana Gold, an intensely fruity, rich and complex red from the very best corners of Tuscany.