Tuscan Coast: a unique wine-growing area full of wineries to visit
The Tuscan Coast is the northwestern area of Tuscany which includes five provinces: Massa, Lucca, Pisa, Livorno and Grosseto. This whole area is influenced by the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the sea, with its winds and its perfume, which gives the area its unique character. Whilst each producer and microclimate may be different, they all share the influence of the coast as a common denominator. Many prestigious wine-growing areas such as Suvereto, Elba, the Lucchesi and Pisane hills are part of the Tuscan coast. But the most well-known area is certainly Bolgheri, which has become famous all over the world since the seventies thanks to the iconic Sassicaia wine. This whole area has grown a lot over the last twenty years. The production area is located in the province of Livorno in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci.
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Monterufoli, located in the Pisa area, seems to come out from a dream of the most romantic environmentalists. Over a thousand acres of unspoiled nature, old trees, a myriad of hot springs and picturesque vineyards, from which we produce Vermentino di Toscana IGT and Poggio Miniera Val di Cornia DOC. The farm is located where once was an ancient deposit of lignite and magnesite mine that were extracted from the “Opificio delle pietre dure” of Florence since the fourteenth century. The Monterufoli Estate covers an area of 1,030 hectares of hills, at an altitude between 150 and 500 meters. In the whole property there are large wooded areas for a total of 900 hectares where, in addition to the predominant species of holm and oak trees, there are the typical formations of the Mediterranean “macchia” such as myrtle, strawberry tree, juniper and heather.
The Michele Satta winery takes its name from the owner who made his first harvest in Bolgheri in the mid-seventies, as a young student of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Pisa. Since then he has not abandoned these beautiful lands. Today Michele is joined in the winery by his wife Lucia and two of the 6 children: Giacomo and Benedetta. The vineyards of the Michele Satta winery extend over an area of about 23 hectares and are in the center of Castagneto Carducci, therefore in the area reserved for the production of Bolgheri DOC wines. They are among the southernmost vineyards of the area. “I tried to maintain loyalty to the vineyard, without following the very fashionable Bolgheri style in the Nineties”. With these words Michele presents his wines, unique and original in the panorama of Bolgheri.
The Caiarossa winery is located in Riparbella, a small medieval village in Val di Cecina, in the southernmost part of the province of Pisa. The winery was founded in 1998 and extends over 70 hectares of land, approximately half of which boast a mosaic of vineyards of 11 grape varieties. Since 2004, it belongs to Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch gentleman very involved in the wine world. He also owns two Grands Crus Classes in Margaux. While the vineyards are biodynamic, the inspiration in the cellar comes from geo-organic architecture Feng Shui, elaborated at Caiarossa by architect Michaël Bolle. He defined the shapes, colors, lights, materials and overall spatial orientation. Due to the design, which makes the most of the natural slope of the soil, the winemaking process follows gravity. The lighting system is also interesting. Caiarossa is part of the exclusive Tuscany Wine Architecture circuit.
The Duemani winery is located in Riparbella, a small medieval village in Val di Cecina, in the southernmost part of the province of Pisa. It is a biodynamic winery with certified agriculture founded in 2000 by Luca D’Attoma and his wife Elena Celli. The former is the renowned oenologist, the latter the commercial engine of the winery. The vineyards extend over about 10 hectares and the main varieties are Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. The microcosm of Duemani is the true expression of the Tuscan Coast, where the vineyards rise in full Mediterranean scrub on predominantly clayey soils. The viticulture is biological and biodynamic, mainly manual, with high intensity vineyards and land processed with biodynamic preparations aimed at giving energy to the soil and aromas to the final products. Duemani wines merge the typical territorial expressions with the original characteristics of the vines.
Podere Sapaio was born in 1999 in Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, from the will of Massimo Piccin, a Venetian engineer moved by a grand passion for wine. Today, the winery boasts 25 hectares of vineyards and the production of two labels: Sapaio and Volpolo. Technology and innovation coexist at Podere Sapaio. The respect for the environment translates into a sustainable approach in working the vineyards. The work is all carried out strictly by hand, following artisanal methods: the ultimate expression of the unconditional harmony between man and nature. This does not give way to a style though. Sapaio has been faithful to its style since its inception: a wise use of French barriques to cask a blend, allowing the opportunity to integrate the structure introduced by the vines in Bibbona with the exceptional elegance of those in Bolgheri.
The Giorgio Meletti Cavallari winery takes its name from the owner, a young son of art grown up in the vineyards of the Grattamacco Estate, an important production reality in the Bolgherese area. Giorgio, after few experiences, decided in 2002 to give birth to his own winery in Castagneto Carducci, not far from the famous boulevard of Bolgheri. From the beginning, Giorgio had clear ideas on what kind of structure to achieve; functionality and practicality were the cornerstones around which the work of the cellar is moving, with the intent of creating territorial wines, inspired by respect and protection of the environment. The vineyards of the Giorgio Meletti Cavallari winery extend over a surface area of 7 hectares, included in one of the most important DOC of the whole Italian wine scene, that of Bolgheri. Four labels are produced each year.