Legendary Italian winemaker Giacomo Tachis made waves in the Italian eno-blogosphere this week when he suggested that the Italian wine appellation system should be overhauled or even abandoned.
“It’s time to open our minds because the appellations are balderdash,” said the creator of some of Italy’s most famous cult wines, using a more colorful word in an interview granted to WineNews.it. The appellations in the Italian system, observed the “babbo del Sassicaia” or father of Sassicia, were “invented by someone who does not understand wine… I, myself, contributed to the expansion [of the appellation system] when I understood less about wine.”
When asked whether or not the Italians should borrow from the French system, Tachis responded “dryly”: “we have nothing to learn from the French… We were the ones who brought Cabernet Sauvignon to France. So, what can we learn from them? We need to use our brains more and be more realistic than the French.”