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Before music, there was wine.
Bocelli 1831

Bocelli Family Wines
Bocelli Family Wines has been produced by the Bocelli family for over 185 years in their own vineyard in Lajatico, in Toscana.
Bocelli Family Wines has been produced by the Bocelli family for over 185 years in their own vineyard in Lajatico, in Toscana.

Today, the tradition continues with Andrea and Alberto Bocelli, and Alberto’s wife, Cinzia....read more + shop
CATEGORY: Red Wine
ITEM SIZE: 750ml bottle
GRAPE: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Bold, intense red wine
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ITEM SIZE: 750ml bottle
GRAPE: 50% Sangiovese 50%Cabernet Sauvignon
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89 points Wine Spectator Online, 2014
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ITEM SIZE: 750 ml
GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese
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90 points from Wine Spectator
CATEGORY: Sparkling Wine
ITEM SIZE: 750ml bottle
GRAPE: Prosecco
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"One of the best Proseccos" W Spectator
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CATEGORY: Red Wine
ITEM SIZE: 750ml bottle
GRAPE: 60% Sangiovese 20% Canaiolo 10% Malvasia Bianca 10% Colorino
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GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese
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Bright, lush and appealing red wine
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ITEM SIZE: 187ml bottle
GRAPE: 100% Prosecco
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"One of the best Proseccos" W Spectator
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ITEM SIZE: 750ml bottle
GRAPE: 95% Vermentino 5% Sauvignon Blanc
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GRAPE: 50% Chardonnay 35% Prosecco 15% Pinot Noir
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Celebrate with Bocelli - Since 1831
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GRAPE: Prosecco
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Celebrate with Bocelli - Since 1831
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Celebrate with Bocelli - Since 1831

The History


For nearly three centuries, the Bocelli family has made classic Italian wines on their small estate in Tuscany. To this day, Edi Bocelli, aka “Mamma”, still enjoys working in the fields, carefully hand-tying vines. Cinzia and Alberto Bocelli manage the azienda, and with the help of Andrea Bocelli, welcome visitors from around the world to taste their exceptional wines – it is a true family affair.

And if there is one thing that Andrea, Alberto, and their family love to do, it is to share their special Italian culture with friends around the world. Whether it is the music of “La Boheme,” or the wine of la dolce vita, they understand the art of living well.

The family farm was settled in 1730 by Bartolomeo Bocelli. From the beginning, the Bocelli family has been a people of the land, cultivating grains, animals, honey, olive oil, and of course, wine. In the 1930’s, Alcide Bocelli, the grandfather of Alberto and Andrea Bocelli, became increasingly serious about expanding the vineyards and modernizing the operation. This work was continued by his son, Alessandro, and Aless
andro’s wife Edi; and today by Alberto and Andrea Bocelli. The estate is in Lajatico, Tuscany, which is located in the province of Pisa.

The winery has old vines (well over 70+ years), and has grown classic Tuscan varietals such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia, and Trebbiano, and through careful analysis, determined that their terroir was exceptionally suited for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet vines were planted 10 years ago, and are now producing exceptional fruit with distinctive elegance and “cool climate” character. The estate’s top wines now contain Sangiovese and Cabernet, and the white wine (primarily Trebbiano) is not exported, and made only for local consumption.

In 2011, for the very first time, the Bocelli family expanded its production through partnerships with other exceptional growers, and hand-selected some of the best sites in Italy to produce a fresh, easy-to-drink Sangiovese, and a light and playful Prosecco.

Bocelli Wines Come to Australia


goodfood.com.au - by Jeni Port

As far as celebrity wine launches go, this one was a low-key, family affair. Bocelli lived on the family vineyard until he was 35. The man does enjoy his wine. He made that clear. I am very serious," he said, during one of his breaks during the lunch in which he sought refuge outside from the high noise levels of the invited crowd. Highly sensitive to sound, he confided that Melburnians were so much louder than his Sydney guests last week. "First of all I love wine. Unfortunately, I can't drink it often but when I do, I drink very, very well." The Bocellis have a long history with the grape. The family vineyard in Tuscany at Lajatico, 50 kilometres south-west of Florence, has been producing wine for almost three centuries and today Bocelli's younger brother Alberto and his wife, Cinzia, take care of its day-to-day running. Bocelli lived on the vineyard until he was 35. Today he lives closer to the sea at Forte dei Marmi. "It's good for my lungs." With the death of his father, Alessandro, in 2000, the decision was made to lift wine quality, which is possibly why the family is now branching out to export into the US, China and now Australia. A new cellar is also about to be built. I don't produce wine for money. I produce for passion. I produce wines for the memory of my father," the tenor said. "He was proud of what he produced."

Hence, the flagship wine in the Bocelli portfolio is dedicated to Alessandro: "Terre di Sandro." It is clearly the most serious, a charming 100 per cent sangiovese from the 2011 vintage with firm structure, boasting the scent of flowers and the flavours of the earth. The Bocelli wine range is surprisingly extensive. Wines are made from the family estate as well as with a small group of partners. The non-vintage prosecco is made with the Trevisiol family in the Veneto region and plays up the grape's natural vivacious citrus qualities but comes with a high-ish level of residual sugar producing a wine with texture and great drinkability. Another sparkling non-vintage brut rose offers a drier contrast with delicate, red berries to the fore. A 2013 sangiovese is a sweet, lolly bliss bomb of a wine with confection and fruits and no oak whatsoever. It is a wine made to please the broadest possible audience. You'll have to search for the vintage on the front label of the Poggioncino sangiovese blend (with canaiolo, malvasia bianca and colorino grapes) but it's there, hiding on the back label. It's 2011. I'm told labeling will be updated and made clearer for Australian drinkers. The Poggioncino offers a step up in flavour, complexity and structure to the sangiovese with dark, dense earth, blackcurrant pastille and dried herbs and black cherry.

Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Bocelli at OTTO Restaurant


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The Italian tenor and his glamorous wife Veronica Berti arrived at the exclusive event, hosted by restaurateur John Fink at his Woolloomooloo restaurant, in dramatic style. When a glass was knocked over soon after, Fink, never lost for words, said the maestro had made “smashing entrance” and proceeded to lead an attentive restaurant crowd in a round of applause. Bocelli had earlier that day joined Delta Goodrem at a photo shoot. Goodrem has been joining the Italian tenor on stage to sing duets during his current Australian tour.The pair performed together in Brisbane on Tuesday night as he kicked off his Australian tour.Critics and fans praised Goodrem’s vocal talents — with lyrics in both English and Italian. She performed It’s Time to Say Goodbye and When I Fall in Love with ­Bocelli and the pair also slow danced on stage.Bocelli had his audience mesmerised by the time he welcomed his wife and baby daughter Virginia to the stage at the end of the show.At Otto the day after, ­Bocelli was not touching the excellent wine on offer.“I can’t drink, because in Italy, they say, ‘Drink makes you sing, but not very well’,” he joked.The lunch was almost at the point of being cancelled as the Bocelli wine shipment was held up by customs, only to be released yesterday morning.For nearly three centuries, the Bocelli family has made classic Italian wines on their small estate in Tuscany. Edi “Mamma” Bocelli, still works in the fields, carefully hand-tying vines along with Andrea’s younger brother Alberto.