Stefano di Blasi
- 10 wines
- 4 styles
Tuscan specialist redefining Italian wine forever
- Responsible for making two of Italy's finest wines, Tignanello and Solaia...Now, thanks to Angel funding, Stefano is making super-premium wines from across Italy– just for you, at a fraction of the price!
- This crazy-talented winemaker can do anything from traditional Chianti to daring next-generation Super Tuscans and crisp Venetian whites.
- So don't delay - grab a bottle of his Italian classics, all exclusive to you, and see what all the fuss is about.
Stefano di Blasi's Story
Stefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli's Story
Stefano here - I'm very pleased to introduce our Tuscan wines to all of you.
I first began work as a winemaker because it is a huge part of the tradition of my land and because wine is my passion - I love the element of creativity and the way you get to deal with nature.
After graduating at the University of Florence in 1995 I started working as winemaker with Antinori in 1997. I've had many experiences worldwide since working as a winemaker, the most important in 2000 in South Australia with Penfolds and Petaluma. I was also responsible for one of the most important research programmes on Sangiovese in Tuscany from 2007-2011 - the 'Consorzio Tuscania'. I've been working freelance since 2008. I love my job because it is different every day of the year and it is again different year after year. You never get used to it and the experience you gain is never enough - there is always more to learn.
I feel that our respect for the purity of a vineyard is something that makes our wines special. We never try to make a wine similar to another we've made before. So all of them are different, yet they all reflect our vision of the taste. Our wines are elegant, fresh and clean and they reflect the best snapshot we could take in a vintage and in a vineyard.
It is a joy for me when a new vintage starts and also when it ends.. Sorrow when you have to leave a wine you helped make for years, like Tignanello Antinori (1997-2007).
Something I am extremely proud of is being involved in the production of the first Chianti ever made without sulphites: 'Il Puro' Fattoria di Lavacchio. I was in the winemaker team who made the Solaia '97 Antinori, the first Italian wine ever to become number 1 in the top 100 for Winespectator. Also as a winemaker, I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend tastings with some of the greatest winemakers of the world like Jacques Boissenot and John Duval.
I think the vineyard as a producing unit will change a lot in the future. We will all have to change the production model into a more sustainable one, where chemicals will be reduced a lot and animals will have an important role.
There are of course some mistakes you can make when you become too confident with the process, so I have learnt to always double check everything.
I hope you enjoy our wines from Tuscany and please do come back to let us know what you think - we would love to hear from you!"
I learned to love wine in 2003, from my wine-loving in-laws in Germany. My favorite wine ever is Grauburgunder from my homeland. I mostly drink dry "interesting" whites and bold reds. I love indigenous grapes from less-common wine regions. I love visiting wineries in my wine-producing state. I also love champagne and cava and don't just think they're for special occasions or brunch.
Besides wine, I'm a passionate wanna be foodie! I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen- of course with a glass of NW to keep my company. I love all of NW wines especially anything from Stefano di Blasi, Dave Harvey, Rabbitt and Spaghetti, the Michauds, Karen Birmingham, Stephen Millier, Daniel Baron, the Phillips.. the list is endless! From the great PNW with love, LaDonna ALWAYS needs more wine!