Michele Satta is a wine producer in the Bolgheri region on the Tuscan coast of Italy. He is from Varese, near Milan. He studied agriculture at Pisa and Milan universities and fell in love with wine. Did a course at the oenology school of San Michele in Alto Adige. | 1984 Satta’s first vintage, sold in demi-johns. | 1988 Satta builds a cellar and began bottling his wine.
Staff | Oen: Attilio Pagli (has known Satta since 1985).
Vineyards | 15 ha owned and and 15 ha rented. Planted Syrah after a meeting with Auguste Clape in the Rhône.
Winery | One wall is a rock face. Wooden fermentation vats for the best reds.
Bolgheri Bianco DOC, Costa di Giulia | Giulia was the lover of a Gherardesca count. | 2003 Toscana Bianco DOC. 65% Vermentino, 35% Sauvignon Blanc. 30,000 bottles.
Bolgheri Bianco DOC | 2003 70% Trebbiano, 30% Viognier. 15,000 bottles.
Bolgheri Vermentino DOC |
Giovin Rè | The name means young king and is an anagram of Viognier. Viognier, ripe, oaked. | 2001 100% Viognier. This was the second vintage. | 2003 100% Viognier.
Bolgheri Rosato DOC | 2003 80% Sangiovese. 8,000 bottles.
Toscana Rosso, Cavaliere | Satta is ‘virtually the only Bolgheri grower to succeed with 100% Sangiovese (Cavaliere),’ says High Johnson (PWB 2012). | 2001 100% Sangiovese. 30,000 bottles. Quite peppery but clean when tasted with Hans and Noemí on Saturday 8th Jan 2005.
Bolgheri Rosso DOC, Diambra | 2002 80% Sangiovese. 35,000 bottles.
Bolgheri Rosso DOC, Piastraia | 2002 25% each Syrah, CS, Merlot, Sangiovese. 38,000 bottles.
Bolgheri Rosso DOC, I Castagni | A cru wine from Cab Sauv, Syrah, Sangiovese and Terroldego; the Terroldego was planted as an experiment with the research station at San Michele, with PV, Tempranillo and Grenache, but these three were grubbed. | 2001 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC. 1,500 bottles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot.
Syrah, Toscana Rosso |
Grappa di Cavaliere. Olio extra vergine di oliva.
Visits: by appointment; tasting counter made from old barrels ends and staves; as are the tables
Loc. Vigna al Cavaliere, 61
Località Casone Ugolino |
I-57022 Castagneto Carducci (LI = Livorno), Italy
Tel+39 0565.773041 (his wife, Lucia, cantina)
GPS Coordinates: 43.160073, 10.601181