The Tuscan Maremma

The Tuscan Maremma

paesaggio del maremma in toscana

The term Maremma was coined as late as the thirteenth century, when the cultivation of inaccessible areas had not yet been contemplated. With the evolution of technology  alongside the people’s love for the land and its enormous potential,  medieval Maremma became an extraordinary area, rich in its landscape, sea, history, culture, tradition, food and wine. Not surprisingly, thousands of tourists from all over the world arrive here, especially in the summer.

isola del giglio

The “Gateway to Tuscany”, as defined for its geographical position in the south part of the region and Grosseto  area, Maremma is  a true pearl: from its most popular areas, such as the Island of Giglio and the town of Porto Ercole (claimed in 2014 as some of the most beautiful sites in Italy), to the hidden gems of Pitigliano (the so called “little Jerusalem”, as it once hosted an historic Jewish community) and Massa Marittima. The first stands in the south, bordering  the region of Lazio; the second lies to the north, bordering ​​Bolgheri ( (Livorno’s Maremma), where one of the finest Italian wines comes from: Sassicaia.

The wine panorama in Maremma is among the most diverse in Tuscany, ranging from the famous Morellino di Scansano, one of the most famous red DOCG regions, to white Vermentino, delicious with the sumptuous seafood of the coast, from Argentario up to Follonica. In the inland areas, just bordering Siena, one can find the  Montecucco wines on the path leading up to the trails of Mount Amiata, already in Siena’s territory. And then dessert wines, sweet wines, rosé and late harvest wines, thanks to a favorable geographical position: here, in fact, between the sea, the mountains and the hills, the grapes grow strong and lush.

Even the labels reflect the diversity of the area: we count seven Doc, two IGT and one DOCG. Among the Doc are those of Argentario, Pitigliano, Capalbio, Parrina, Sovana,  Montecucco and Massa Marittima’s Monteregio, on the border of the Livorno area, one of the least densely populated areas of Italy and, therefore, more suited to agriculture and viticulture. This is where Carpineto produces its pure Vermentino, the Valcolomba, on its 165 acres estate. A gently undulating Tuscan landscape, surrounded by the wonderfully plush Maquis shrubland (Macchia Mediterannea). Only a paradise such as this would give birth to such an extraordinary wine.