Today is our last winery visit and honestly I was a little bit relieved. We started at Sassacaia which is the biggest winery I’ve every seen and they actually regulate all of the grapes in the region. Our guide was the most entertaining of all the speakers we’ve had on this trip. She was fun and outgoing, and clearly has a passion for wine. I was mostly interested in how they store their barrels. At most wineries I’ve visited, the barrels are stacked in rows with the loose closures at the top so there is easy access to top-off. However, at Sassacaia, they push their closures in almost the enture way and roll the barrels on their sides. They do this so that no air gets in the barrel, therefore eliminating the need to top-off barrels.
Next we went to Ornellaia, which has all state of the art machines and fermentation tanks. Everything about this winery screams high-class wine. Every year they invite artists from all over the world to do a piece for that vintages release. What I love most about this is that they don’t have a preference of what style of art. This winery is composed of art from many different cultures and backgrounds. We ended our winery visits by drinking a bottle of £150 wine that was the smoothest blend Cab. Sauv. And Cab. Franc that I’ve ever had.