Podere Sapaio

The estate was founded in 1999, after Massimo Piccin convinced his father to invest in land and to create a wine-making estate in what is one of Italy’s most hallowed viticultural areas. A native of the North-Eastern Italian region of Veneto, Massimo always felt a deep-rooted passion for wine and wanted to direct this passion towards his own wine project.


Located between the municipalities of Castagneto Carducci and Bibbona, the 25 hectares are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot; varieties that have made Bolgheri and its wines famous all over the world.  


Sapaio’s philosophy is experimentation and innovation with research directed at new expressions of Bordeaux grapes in the Bolgheri region. Their objective is the creation of wines that combine power, elegance, and longevity. The two wines they produce, both Bordeaux-type blends, are created by combining various selections of grapes grown in the different vineyards. The names of the wines Sapaio and Volpolo derive from the names of two ancient Tuscan grape varieties, Sapaia and Volpola, chosen to promote the local origin of the products, starting right from their appellations.

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(Volpolo Sapaio 2015) "Fresh blackcurrant character as well as minerals, jasmine and some eucalyptus. Full-bodied with grippy tannins and a juicy, driven finish." 93 points, James Suckling (August 2017)

"The 2015 'Volpolo' is yet another outstanding showing from Massimo Piccin. Displaying a dark, inky color, this opens to inviting aromas of blackberries and dark cherries woven together with violet, tobacco, spices and crushed stones all taking shape. The palate is full, with excellent overall poise and balance, backed by a lovely velvety texture continues through the finish. While its youth is evident now, this is a beautifully made wine and I expect it to flesh out beautifully over the next few years. (Best 2018-2026) " 92 points, The International Wine Report (September 2017)