Exploring The Flavors of the Maremma Coast
The Maremma is a coastal area at the southern tip of Tuscany, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. It includes much of south-western Tuscany and part of northern Lazio as far south as Civitavecchia. Formerly marshland, the area was drained by order of the Medici family, and subsequently planted with vineyards. Wine enthusiast quickly fall in love with this region's beauty and its exquisite wine largely based on Super Tuscan blends and Bordeaux grape varietals.
Start with a scenic one and a half hour motor coach drive through the Maremma countryside as you make your way to the Morellino di Scansano DOCG region, named after the local term for the Sangiovese grape variety. Your first stop will be for a visit and tasting of three wines at Tenta Poggio Verrano. The Super Tuscans produced at the estate are a thought-out mix: from the indigenous Sangiovese and Alicante, to the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot perfectly integrated into this region for many decades. Winemaker Francesco Bolla was drawn to the purity of this area and the rich flavors it produces.
ou will then take the short drive to your next destination, Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia. The attractive estate and in particular its cellars, designed by Piero Sartogo, represent one of the most perfect combinations of innovation, technology and respect for the environment. The building simply merges into its surroundings. Owned by the illustrious Frescobaldi Family with over 700 years of history in winemaking, the estate and vineyards enjoy ideal positioning with just the right sun exposure, soil and maritime breezes to temper the hot summertime temperatures. Here you will enjoy a four course lunch paired with five of their wines.
After lunch, the motor coach will take you back to the Civitavecchia pier.