Dogajolo (pronounced (Dog-ay-yolo) was launched in 1993 by Giancarlo Sacchet and Antonio Zaccheo Sr. of Carpineto, following a request made by the founder of Jacques’ Wein Depot during a meeting at the Vinitaly Wine Fair in Verona, more than 30 years ago. Jacques stated that the Carpineto’s DOC and ‘Super Tuscan’ wines were very much appreciated by his German clientele, but due to their higher price points, these wines were only consumed on weekends, yet the Germans love to drink wine every day. He asked the winery to produce a wine that would have the characteristics of an aged wine, but with the food pairing flexibility to accompany casual mid-week dinners.
So Carpineto produces a young Super Tuscan wine, an IGT, from its young vineyards planted to mostly sangiovese with some cabernet sauvignon, which would then spend about six months in oak barrels. The young vineyards, the rapid passage in oak and a release within the year after harvest, meant that this wine could be offered at an everyday price.
The Sacchet and Zaccheo families named this new wine Dogajolo Toscano Rosso derived from the Italian word Doga, meaning “stave” (the narrow strips of wood used to build wine barrels), and created the imagery of oak leaves for the label inspired by the local Farnia oak variety, which turn color in the fall at the same time the wine goes into barrels.
“This is a momentous year as we proudly celebrate 30 years of our signature Dogajolo Toscano Rosso” says Antonio Michael Zaccheo Jr, the second generation of the Zaccheo family managing the Carpineto winery.
Dogajolo wines are imported by Opici Wines & Spirits, available in all 50 states with a retail price of $14.99 per 750-ml. bottle.