Sebastiano Rosa, winemaker at Tenuta San Guido - producer of Sassicaia- one of Italy's leading Bordeaux-style red wines - has joined the winemaking team of Brooks Painter, Peter Velleno and Laura Orozco.
Rosa will travel from his home in Bolgheri, Italy to consult with Painter’s team on all aspects of Castello’s Italian-style red wine program.
“From the vineyard to the glass, the addition of Sebastiano Rosa will bring an international perspective to our program,” said Georg Salzner, President of Castello di Amorosa. “Our history is Italian; our winery is Italian style so it is natural that we partner with Sebastiano to create unique, Italian-style wines.”
Rosa, the stepson of Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta whose family owns Sassicaia, brings an extensive wine background to the team. Upon graduating from UC Davis in 1990, Rosa participated in the 1991 harvest at the storied Château Lafite Rothschild.
From 1992 until 2002, he was the General Manager at Tenuta di Argiano in Montalcino where he worked with legendary winemaker, Giacomo Tachis, considered by some, the father of the renaissance of Italian wine. While Sassicaia was the first wine in the renaissance, his other label, Solengo, was the number 8 wine in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 and received 96 points in only it’s second vintage.
“We are excited about Sebastiano’s collaboration and contributions to our winemaking,” said Brooks Painter, Castello’s Director of Winemaking. “At Castello di Amorosa we are only interested in producing top worldwide quality wine. Sebastiano will help to us to continue to craft exceptional wines with distinct character and structure while respecting the unique Napa Valley terrior.”