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.
His Sicilia Syrah Nero d’Avola, a powerhouse red bursting with ripe, refined flavor and fruity finesse.
Honestly, i can not rate these wines with a complete heart. I am newly acquainted with these wonderful winemakers, and have not yet had the opportunity to tast most of these products.
Brenda G. Tarver
That’s ok Brenda! Take your time. And tell us what you think about your wines when you’ve had a nice moment to kick back and enjoy a glass or two.