Maremma: an uncontaminated territory with ancient roots and enotourist routes
Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths. It’s a timeless region with ancient roots. Here the Etruscans and then the Romans flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities of Populonia and Roselle and many archeological finds around the region.
Maremma is not just culture and landscapes. Maremma is also an important wine-growing area with a very ancient tradition, evidenced by the vines in Scansano, the town of Morellino, those in Pitigliano with kasher wines, the sea terraces of the Isola del Giglio, up to the medieval Massa Marittima hills.
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Morisfarms is a prestigious winery located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma. The winery is owned by the Moris family who, over two hundred years ago, left Spain to reach the Tuscan Maremma. Dedicated to agriculture for many generations, over the years the Moris family has been increasingly specializing in quality viticulture and now it addresses all its attention. The current extent of the land is 476 hectares divided as follows: 420 hectares near Massa Marittima, of which 37 are planted with vines, and 56 hectares in the Poggio la Mozza area, 33 of which are planted with vines. Morisfarms produces the Monteregio of Massa Marittima DOC and the Morellino di Scansano DOC.
Roccapesta is a wonderful estate located in Scansano in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma. The history of Roccapesta started in 1974, the year in which the first vineyards were planted. In 2003, the company changed ownership and focused on producing quality red wines. Leonardo and Alberto Tanzini planted new vineyards and enlarged the cellar. In 2015 the company got the maximum scores from the best guides. Today the vineyards cover an area of almost 20 hectares, all located in the municipality of Scansano, between areas of volcanic (Monte Amiata) and sedimentary (Tyrrhenian Sea) origin. Sangiovese is the most cultivated variety in the estate. Roccapesta is the story of an estate bound to its territory, on the borders of Tuscany, where nature retains a wild charm. It is the story of a relationship with the Sangiovese in the Tuscan Maremma.
Tenuta l’Impostino was founded at the beginning of the 2000s by Patrizia Chiari who, having left an important experience in the commercial sector for Italian design companies, decided to give life back to an ancient place, almost forgotten for years. Located on the top of a natural amphitheater facing south-west, at a height of 380 meters, the estate covers 52 hectares: 20 hectares of sweet vineyards, surrounded by 30 hectares of suggestive holm oak and 2 hectares of olive trees. The winery is a modern structure of 2000 square meters, with the traditional wing-shaped shape that embraces the vines, that dominates the hill. Close to the cellar, there are two ancient “casali”, now transformed into accommodation, available to guests.
Valdonica is located in the middle of the Maremma hills, south of Tuscany. It is a pristine place that enjoys an enchanting view of the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. In 2007 Valdonica was purchased by the current owner Martin Kerres who began renovations, providing to modernize the structure. Last generation eco-sustainable technologies have been exploited, integrated with the traditional Tuscan architecture. Today the winery follows the principles of organic farming and extends over 10 hectares of vineyards. Of course, Sangiovese is the main grape variety. All wines mature in barriques in the new cellar. Valdonica offers its visitors a wine residence where it is possible to stay overnight; the company offers different types of accommodation aimed at the maximum comfort of its guests.
Monteverro is a beautiful estate located at the foot of the picturesque village of Capalbio, in southern Tuscany. It is a region known for its authenticity and for its traditions, characterized by proximity to the sea, an innate joy of life and a great passion for art. But it is also known for the hard work required by the land. Monteverro, owned by Julia and Georg Weber, was born with the idea of creating a winery of absolute excellence in Tuscany. Therefore, the goal of the property is to create a wine of the highest quality, a premier grand cru of Tuscany. The unexceptionable quality sought can only be the result of hard work and a great love for detail; for this reason, every single person working at Monteverro gives his best.
Wonderful estate located in the hills of Maremma. Conti di San Bonifacio focuses on the absolute quality of the wines produced. The management of the vineyard and the selection of the grapes take place scrupulously. From year to year, the winery has been managing its vineyards with greater care with the aim of creating a sort of “vineyard-garden” where each gem and leaf are treated with the utmost care. Conti di San Bonifacio avails itself of the advice of the renowned oenologist Luca D’Attoma with the aim of creating unique wines that express the terroir of this area. Conti di San Bonifacio is not only a boutique winery that produces premium wines, but also a magnificent Wine Resort, which dominates the valley and enjoys a splendid view of the surrounding vineyards.
The Rocca di Frassinello project was inspired by a very simple idea: to replicate the model of excellence set in motion by the Castellare di Castellina winery in a new region. We set our sights on the central Maremma area, part of the Gavorrano and Roccastrada municipalities. This area is indeed where the first French-Italian joint venture project for the production of wine took shape. The agreement between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) aimed from the very beginning to bring together the experience of Castellare in the cultivation and vinification of Tuscany’s main vine variety, the famous Sangiovese, with Lafite’s long standing know-how of classical French vines like Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. The estate extends over 500 hectares, 90 of them are planted vineyards. This already extremely ambitious venture has been further enriched by choosing one of the most important architects in the world: Renzo Piano.