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5 of the best wine regions to visit by luxury yacht

5 of the best wine regions to visit by luxury yacht

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 Bolgheri, Italy
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Bolgheri, Italy : the finest Italian wine region

On the Italian mainland, the medieval village of Bolgheri is squeezed between the Tuscan hills and the sea. Every child in Italy knows of the arrow-straight road (pictured above) that leads to Bolgheri, thanks to the verses Davanti a San Guido by 19th century poet Giosuè Carducci, which are learnt by heart at an early age and eulogise the three mile-long “sunlit green avenue” and its 2,500 sentinel-like cypresses “tall and true”.

Wine-lovers too know of Bolgheri, because of the 40 or so producers who create stunningly silky, supple and seductive red wines from the wine region’s 1,300 hectares of vineyards, the most celebrated of which are Ornellaia and its near-neighbour Sassicaia.

Here, the sea (only four miles away), the sun and the terroir all combine to make this tiny corner of Italy the perfect place to grow grapes and it’s remarkable to think that it has all happened so quickly. Bolgheri’s reds only achieved DOC status in 1994 and there are wineries in Australia older than here.

Picture courtesy of Stevan Zz/Shutterstock.com

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