Giacomo Tachis

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Giacomo Tachis
Born(1933-11-04)4 November 1933
Poirino, Italy
Died6 February 2016(2016-02-06) (aged 82)
Florence, Italy

Giacomo Tachis (4 November 1933 – 6 February 2016) was an Italian oenologist. Known as the father of Super Tuscan wines,[1] he has been credited with having kickstarted Italy's wine renaissance.[2][3]


Born in Poirino, Piedmont, in 1954 Tachis graduated from the Enological School of Alba, and in 1961 he was chosen as junior oenologist at Antinori's San Casciano in Val di Pesa cellars in Tuscany.[2] He soon rose to the role of technical director, and his commitment with Antinori eventually lasted 32 years.[2][4]

During his career, Tachis collaborated on creating new genres of Italian red wine, notably Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello (known as the "SuperTuscans"), San Leonardo and Turriga.[2][4] He made innovative choices for his time, such as exceeding the area specification for Chianti Classico, using the malolactic fermentation and using barriques for the aging periods,[3] so that the barrique "became one of the symbols of the Italian wine renaissance".[2] In addition to wines he created, he promoted and collaborated to the production of several other wines, including the Sardinian Vermentino and Carignano, the Sicilian Nero d'Avola, Inzolia, Cataratto and Grillo, the Piedmontese Barbera and Nebbiolo, Lambrusco from Reggio Emilia and Sangiovese from Tuscany.[1]

Tachis officially retired in April 2010, but still continued to consult; the same year he published his autobiography, Sapore di vino.[5] In 2011 the magazine Decanter named Tachis as their "Man of the Year".[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bruno Donati. Giacomo Tachis, enologo corsaro: dieci anni di rivoluzione siciliana. Terra ferma, 2005. ISBN 8887760462.


  1. ^ a b Michele Shah (October 1, 2003). "Founding Father: Giacomo Tachis". Decanter. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Richard Baudains (April 1, 2011). "Decanter Man of the Year 2011: Giacomo Tachis". Decanter. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Luca Ferrua (February 7, 2016). "Addio a Giacomo Tachis, l'enologo del rinascimento del vino italiano". La Stampa. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gerardo Adinolfi (February 7, 2016). "Addio a Giacomo Tachis, il principe degli enologi italiani". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ Luciano Ferraro (February 7, 2016). "Addio a Tachis, il genio del Sassicaia". DiVini - Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2016.