GD News

Italian Wine Legend Dies

The fine wine world is mourning as Giacomo Tachis, 2011 Decanter Man of the Year and Sassicaia creative collaborator, passed away on Saturday 6th February. 

Credited as one of the key creators of the maiden vintage of Sassicaia in 1968, and the biggest developer of the Super Tuscan Wine category in Italian fine wine, Tachis was an invaluable addition to the wine world as a whole, writes Decanter Magazine.

In 2011, Marchese Piero Antinori said that ‘Giacomo Tachis was responsible for kickstarting an extraordinary period for Italian wine.’

For all his modern philosophy, Tachis also made it clear that he understood the need for balance between modernism and tradition. He was against wine becoming too reliant on technology, proudly stating that:

“Too often, we forget that the greatness of a wine lies in its simplicity and authenticity.”

Tachis, who studied oenology at Alba in Piedmont, also criticised the globalisation of wine styles. Despite supporting the use of Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy, he always held that terroir should be respected and allowed to express itself.

[Source: Decanter Magazine]