When the Tenuta San Guido property entered the Incisa della Rocchetta family holdings in 1930 upon Mario Incisa’s marriage to Marchesa Clarice della Gherardesca, it would not only offer him the possibility of winegrowing. The property would also provide a new environment for the Marchese’s extremely successful career in breeding thoroughbred racehorses.
Olgiata was a 1977 acres property outside Rome owned by Mario Incisa’s mother, which he took over and developed after he married. In partnership with Federico Tesio, a famous horse breeder, and his wife, Mario built Olgiata into a thoroughbred stud farm (known as Razza Dormello-Olgiata) that would become renowned for the Dormello-Olgiata breed and the most famous racehorse in Italy’s history: Ribot.
Ribot was an undefeated thoroughbred stallion considered by many in the racing world to have been the finest European racehorse of his time. He was bred by Federico Tesio, who had bred six previous horses in Ribot’s bloodline. In his three seasons of racing, Ribot won all 16 of his races. He was then retired as a highly desirable stud stallion.