The Maremma is an of great interest and enological value. From Bolgheri to the Grosseto coast, across fascinating natural landscapes, the territory is a succession of DOC and DOCG.
Bolgheri is a medieval borgo, surrounded by countryside and vineyards and made famous by Carducci’s poem ‘Davanti a San Guido’ (1874). This is where Bolgheri DOC is produced. It is an innovative product, outside the Tuscan enological tradition, first put on the market in around 1980.
In addition to the traditional Sangiovese, vines of French origin such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, were introduced in a territory with pedoclimatic features very suitable for the production of great reds, leading to a red wine with international characteristics, also special for the widespread and ageing in barriques.
The area of production of Bolgheri DOC is located entirely within the Municipality of Castagneto Carducci. The countryside is typical of the upper Maremma and the are of production is a strip limited in the West of the Tyrrhenian Sea and in the East by hills that significantly effect the microclimate and hence the features of the wines produced there.
Moving further South to the province of Grosseto, we come to the real Maremma, where you can enjoy wild, sunny countryside, where nature meets the sea, where the impenetrable Mediterranean scrub contrasts with cultivated fields, and where the gentle hills are marked by the work of man.
The Maremma is of great interest and enological value
This area has an age-old history, cradle of Etruscan and Roman civilisations, and rich in archeological sites. Wherever you look you are met with captures the charm of a land where man and nature live together perfectly. Here also prestigious vines have found an ideal habitat to best express their specific character.
DOC Maremma Toscana, born in 2011 already very much appreciated IGT Maremma Toscana, covers the entire area and boasts a wine now well known as Vermentino.
This vine of Spanish origin arrived in Italy in 1300 via Corsica and first in Liguria, then Tuscany, in particular along the Tyrrhenian coast. Its fresh fruity perfume with a delicate floral bouquet make it particularly suitable as an aperitif, and it is currently one of the wines most appreciated among younger consumers.
A succession of DOC and DOCG
Another blend making headway among consumers of all ages is Merlot Ciliegiolo. Originally from the area of Bordeaux, it was brought to Tuscany by pilgrims on their return from Santiago di Compostela. It adapted particularly well to the climate of the Maremma and gives us a wine of international taste, soft and well-balanced, with a fruity bouquet and floral overtones.
In the countryside around of Grosseto we find the hills of the DOCG of the Morellino di Scansano, areas of gentle slopes cultivated as vineyards, that alternate with some still wild landscape, between the sea and the Mediterranean scrub.
In this hilly territory the history of viticulture goes back to the Etruscans. The high exposure to the sun and a favourable climate, made mild by the proximity of the sea, guarantee the grapes the best conditions for the growth and maturation.
The vocation of this zone dates from the twelfth century, to which date documents that testify to the production of a wine of ‘eccelsa bontà’, and still today draws on the heritage of the Etruscans, whose techniques of cultivation seem influence on those current, that also keep the vines low, instead of letting then grow in height.
Il Morellino expresses all the typical qualities of this area and of the Sangiovese which is its heart, and that is becoming an increasingly appreciated product throughout the world.