13 July 2015 News

Swide, a lifestyle magazine, just released a piece featuring the top wine pairings for Italian fish recipes. Le Macchiole’s Bolgheri Rosso was selected as a perfect match for cacciucco, a traditional seafood stew. Below is an excerpt from the piece; click here to read the full article!

“Contrary to what you may think, cacciucco (be careful of the Tuscans, who spell and pronounce it with five c’s!) is a slow-cooked dish with great persistence, and the Moorish pepper and aromas demand a red rather than a white, which would ultimately succumb to the intensity of the flavour. For a local pairing, therefore remaining in the area of ​​Livorno, the city that invented the dish, the most suitable reds are the Bolgheri DOC wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, French vines from Bordeaux who found a similar terroir here to that of the Garonne. The Adeo di Campo alla Sughera (€20), with its notes of blueberries, bay leaves and black pepper, is a perfect pairing, although it has a slightly darker profile. For those who want more freshness and dynamism, even though the depth of the blackberry and crispy plum notes with a nice streak of liquorice and cocoa make it luscious and inviting, there is the Bolgheri de Le Macchiole (€17) by Cinzia Merli, which has become a “must” wine in the area for its never dull light-heartedness and its pleasantness.”

22nd January 2015 News

Cinzia Merli from Le Macchiole is in the U.S. this week hosting two special vertical tastings of Paleo Rosso, with vintages spanning 1996-2011! Below, a shot of the bottles and menu from Monday’s event at San Francisco’s 1760. Nothing like some grilled pork ribs and cavatelli with pork sugo to whet your appetite for Italian cabernet franc!

19 December 2014 News


Liv-Ex, a London-based exchange for investment-grade wine , just revealed its Top Value Brands of 2014. Le Macchiole ranks #7th on the list, just after Sassicaia and Chapoutier. The wines were assessed as follows: Average price (the lower the price, the better the ranking), average score, one year performance and the number of vintages traded. Click here to see the full list, as reported by the Drinks Business.

1 October 2014 Feature, News

Four VINTUS wineries –  Quinta do Noval, Le Macchiole, E. Guigal and Errazuriz – are among the 100 Wineries of the Year profiled in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s 2014 Winter issue! Quinta do Noval’s Nacional 2011 is prominently featured on the cover. Click on the producer name  to download each profile.

Quinta do Noval – Winery of the Year 2014

Le Macchiole – Winery of the Year 2014

E. Guigal – Winery of the Year

Errazuriz – Winery of the Year 2014

15 July 2014 News


We are thrilled to announce that Cinzia Merli, owner of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy, has been bestowed the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year honor by the notable judges of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 34th Annual Competition took place at the Nikko Hotel in downtown San Francisco in June 2014. 4,570 wines were entered from 26 states and 31 countries. The Winemaker of the Year award is given to a small production winery earning the most medal points in the competition, and is named for one of the pioneers of the modern California wine industry.

See below for the official results of the Le Macchiole wines in the competition:

Messorio IGT Toscana 2011 – Bronze Medal

Paleo Bianco IGT Toscana 2012 – Silver Medal

Scrio IGT Toscana 2011 – Gold Medal

Paleo Rosso IGT Toscana 2011 – Gold Medal

Bolgheri Rosso 2012 – Double Gold Medal

Best Proprietary Red Blend of the Entire Competition

Congratulations to Cinzia on these extraordinary results!

30 April 2014 News

Last week, Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media released a fascinating article on a retrospective of Paleo Rosso, a 100% Cabernet Franc made by our newest producer, Le Macchiole, spanning vintages 1992-2012.

Below are a few excerpts. Click here to read the full article (subscription only).

“Bolgheri and Maremma are home to a number of showy, world-class estates. In that context, Le Macchiole stands out for its decidedly artisan scale and approach.”

“Paleo Rosso was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Eugenio Campolmi dreamed of creating something unique; a wine that would stand apart from the rest of Bolgheri. Cabernet Franc was introduced to the blend with the 1996 vintage, while Sangiovese was eliminated entirely by 1999. The idea was to gradually increase the percentage of Cabernet Franc in Paleo Rosso with the goal of perhaps bottling a pure Franc in the future. The quality of the juice in 1999 and 2000 convinced Campolmi to accelerate his timeline, and the first 100% Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was born in 2001. That first essay in Cabernet Franc remains stunning to this day.

“It is quite fascinating to track the evolution of Paleo Rosso through the lens of a large retrospective tasting. The early Paleos from the 1990s, when the wine was Cabernet Sauvignon-based, were at times a bit rustic, especially in the tannins, while quality was inconsistent. The pure Cabernet Franc Paleos offer far greater textural finesse, complexity and consistency. Over the last few years in particular, Merli has taken on a greater role in day-to-day decisions as she and her full-time winemaker Luca Rettondini continue to make refinements in search of greater finesse. There is little doubt today’s wines are the most polished and articulate in Le Macchiole’s history, and that is great news for all of us who adore these deeply personal expressions of Bolgheri and its terroirs.”

30 April 2014 Feature, News

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Le Macchiole to our portfolio. Le Macchiole is truly considered one of the greatest producers in Italy, located in the heart of one of the most important oenological zones. With wines at such a quality level, we had a personal hope for many years that owner Cinzia Merli would one day join our portfolio.

Founded in 1983 by Cinzia and her late husband Eugenio Campolmi, Le Macchiole is situated in the Bolgheri DOC area, on the Tuscan coast. Le Macchiole has 54 acres of vineyards and is known for crafting single variety wines made from 100% Cabernet Franc, 100% Merlot and 100% Syrah. Le Macchiole is notable for being the first winery in the region to produce a mono-variety Cabernet Franc wine, and the first to adopt high density planting. Cinzia manages the winery and estate with her brother Massimo Merli, winemaker Luca Rettondini and with her son Elia working alongside them. Luca d’Attoma, a renowned consulting enologist, was hired in 1991.

The wines are currently being prepared for shipment and will be available as of July 1!