Giacomo Tachis passed away

The world renowned Italian oenologist and “architect” of many famous Super Tuscan wines, Giacomo Tachis died on February 6th 2016 at the age of 82. Giacomo Tachis is credited for being the man behind celebrated Super Tuscans such as iconic Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello, made for the Antinori family, along with San Leonardo and Turriga.
Super Tuscans are the result of a blend between the traditional Tuscan Sangiovese grape and Cabernet, Merlot or Syrah. Tachis instigated a great number of further innovations, such as high-density planting, low-yields, complete control of malolactic fermentation and use of barriques for wine ageing – which are widely used in Italy today.
Besides Tuscany Tachis also made wines in other regions of Italy such as Sardinia and Sicily. Tachis who retired in April 2010, but continued his work as a consultant had published his autobiography “Sapere di Vino” that very year. Tachis who had been ill for some time passed away in San Casiano Val di Pesa in Florence, according to Italian newspapers.