History of Guado al Melo
The decision to plant a vineyard in this location was not made by chance but as a consequence of in-depth knowledge about its viticultural quality potential, thanks to its history and to the zonation studies carried out here in the 1990s.
Historical figures and documents report that these areas have been cultivated as vineyards at least since the mid-1800s. Between 1820 and 1821 the land were purchased by the landowner Giovanni Espinassi Moratti, becoming part of an estate that has left an extensive documentation. Thus we know that, from then on, they were mainly dedicated to viticulture, with the varieties of Vermentino, Trebbiano toscano, Malvasia bianca and nera, Sangiovese and other Tuscan vines. The wine was sold in nearby cities. After the Second World War the estate was broken up and our land passed to different owners. In 1998 we bought it from the last of them.
The link with Bolgheri of the Scienza family was born thanks to prof. Attilio and his work. He frequented the territory from the late '70s: he followed the planting of the vineyards of some wineries, then the changes in the DOC and conducted the study of viticulture zonation of the territory. By now he knew the territory inch by inch. When the opportunity arose for a new family business in '98 and it became known that a parcel was sold in one of the best areas of the appellation, the opportunity was not missed.
This passage of properties had left this particular parcel without a name. Examining historical maps, we discovered the toponym “Guado al Melo,” or Ford at the Apple Tree, which was a ford across the Fossa di Bolgheri stream that forms the northern boundary of our property. And thus Guado al Melo it became, testifying to our bond with the area. In 1999, we re-planted the vineyards. In 2000 we (Michele and Annalisa) moved to live permanently in Castagneto and here were born our children: Giovanni in 2001 and Federico in 2007. The first real harvest, with the birth of the first wines, was made in 2002. In 2005 we completed the construction of the winery