Emiliano Falsini is one of the best respected winemaking consultants in Italy, consulting for several of the country’s top organic producers. In 2017 he purchased 4 hectares of 30 year old vines in the most northerly area of Bolgheri, near Bibbona, and in the 2019 vintage he started bottling his own wines there. Both the wines he produces here are made entirely from Cabernet Franc, which is perfectly suited to the area’s rich clay soils with a high proportion of calcareous stones. Bolgheri is a warm and sunny region situated in the west of Tuscany along the Mediterranean coast, with a climate which is perfect for growing full bodied, fruit-packed reds from a mix of mainly French grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The main challenge here is to maintain freshness in the wines, and Emiliano is convinced that Cabernet Franc, with its high natural acidity and vibrancy and affinity to the area’s cool, water-retaining clay soils, is the perfect grape for the ever-warming future in this region. The other benefit which Bolgheri DOC has in relation to most other winegrowing areas in Italy is that irrigation is permitted here – also very useful in combatting the effects of climate change.