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11/17/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2021 04:39

Fojaneghe, the first traditional Italian Bordeaux-style wine turns 60 years old

1961-2021: an important anniversary for the Counts Bossi Fedrigotti icon wine.
It is a wine that constituted an innovative turning point in Italian wine-making, and which is today confirmed as being perfectly in step with the times.

The Fojaneghe, noble wine from the Trentino cellars of Counts Bossi Fedrigotti and the first example of Bordeaux-style wine in Italy, this year celebrates its 60th birthday. Produced in the vine by the same name from Cabernet and Merlot grapes, Fojaneghe encompasses a real piece of history of Italian wine-making, represented by a noble presence of the Bossi Fedrigotti family, today all-female, with journalist and writer Isabella, sister Maria José and their niece Valérie.

The Counts Bossi Fedrigotti have been based in Rovereto, Trentino for almost 600 years and operating in the world of wine for more than 300. Count Federico, father and grandfather of the current owners, in demonstrating his true pioneering spirit, was the first to understand the full potential of the Bordeaux-style grapes, Cabernet and Merlot, vines that had been present for at least a hundred years in the region, where they expressed their very best characteristics. Having been the first to realise that these vines could also be optimised in Italy through masterful use of wood, he was responsible for introducing the idea of the barrique. It was a brave, far-sighted choice. In 1961, the Fojaneghe was created, the first Italian Bordeaux-style wine, which immediately stood out and marked an innovative turning point on the Italian and international wine scene, not only for the grapes used and the wine-making and vine-growing choices, but also for having proposed the name of its original vine as its wine label.

2007 was the year that sealed the partnership between Counts Bossi Fedrigotti and the Masi Group, with the Fojaneghe then being further renewed with the support of the Masi Technical Group. Since then, the union hinged on the "exchange of wine culture" has become consolidated, where innovation combines with respect for tradition and the optimisation of the territory's great wine-making heritage. It was a wager that over more than half a century now has proven to be successful and extremely popular with both the public and industry experts alike.