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Challenging Chianti: Morellino di Scansano in Maremma makes some great Tuscan wines too | Britt on Forbes

The coastal region of Toscana, called Maremma, is beautiful but not as well known for its wines as Chianti or Montalcino. But there are, in fact, a number of famous wines. In Bolgheri, Sassicaia started the Super Tuscan trend in the 1970s, a trend that totally changed the Tuscan wine industry.

A bit further south in Maremma is a town called Grosseto and not far from there is the DOCG Morellino di Scansano. Maremma is a lot about French grape varieties today – the Super Tuscans have seen to that – but in Scansano, the important grape is Sangiovese. The wines are deliciously fruity with the structure that makes them ideal with the Tuscan cuisine.

Some superb Cabernets and Merlots are also produced in the area, as well as delicious whites from Vermentino och Viognier.

The view from San Felo in Maremma

The view from San Felo in Maremma, copyright BKWine Photography

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Unknown Tuscany: Great Wines And A Beautiful Coast In Morellino Di Scansano, Maremma.

Here’s the introduction:

Morellino di Scansano in the coastal region of Maremma in Tuscany is a new challenger to the classic Chianti wines, and is a descendant of the Super Tuscans. An added bonus for the vinous traveller is that it is also has a beautiful coast with charming Italian villages.

Morellino di Scansano is a wine made in the coastal region of Maremma in southwestern Tuscany. It is less well known than Chianti and that is one reason to go there. You will find wineries just waiting to be discovered. Add winding roads, medieval castles, a somewhat wild and untouched nature, a spectacularly beautiful coast and you have a great wine holiday destination.

Maremma was quite unknown as a wine region 40 years ago. Then Sassicaia emerged in Bolgheri, a little further north in Maremma, with its first vintage in 1968. Bolgheri gained cult status and a new word, Super Tuscan, was born. Wine producers from more famous parts of Tuscany and Italy discovered Maremma. Here they could buy vineyards cheaper than in for instance Chianti. A new era had started for the pretty coastal region.

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Unknown Tuscany: Great Wines And A Beautiful Coast In Morellino Di Scansano, Maremma.

If you read Swedish (…) you can find more on the wines from Tuscany in our award-winning book.

Or you can come and explore the Tuscan wine regions on one of our wine tours.

Orbetello from the lagoon

Orbetello from the lagoon, copyright BKWine Photography

San Felo wine cellar, Maremma

San Felo wine cellar, Maremma, copyright BKWine Photography

San Felo, Lampo, Diciocca, Morellino di Scansano

San Felo, Lampo, Diciocca, Morellino di Scansano, copyright BKWine Photography

La Pieve, Malombra and Essentia Nagurae, Maremma Toscana

La Pieve, Malombra and Essentia Nagurae, Maremma Toscana, copyright BKWine Photography

La Pieve Bianco, Maremma Toscana

La Pieve Bianco, Maremma Toscana, copyright BKWine Photography

Poggio alle Forche and Roviccio, Boschetto di Montiano, Morellino di Scansano

Poggio alle Forche and Roviccio, Boschetto di Montiano, Morellino di Scansano, copyright BKWine Photography

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