Maremma Wine Region Guide

Discover the Essence of Elegance: Where Tuscany's Golden Terroir Meets New World Innovation in the Exclusive Maremma


Last updated: November 29, 2023


The genesis of the Super Tuscan took place on an unremarkable patch of scrubland adjacent to some abandoned strawberry fields in a place called the Maremma Toscana. Here, the Marchese Incisa della Rochetta decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the 1940s, determined to prove that Tuscan reds could rival the finest wines of Bordeaux. He succeeded: the first vintages of Sassicia revealed flavors not seen in Italy before. Thanks to the proselytizing of his nephews Piero and Lodovico Antinori, Sassicia has become one of Europe’s most sought-after wines; new estates have proliferated as investors seek their fortune in this untamed landscape.

Yet the magic of the Tuscan Coast has not been diluted. Indeed, the Maremma has retained an exclusive air: few cellars are open to the general public, and even the most beautiful spots never feel overcrowded. Meanwhile, towns like Castiglione Della Pescaia (charming fishing port and castle), Pitigliano, and Massa Maritima (with its quaint cobblestoned, medieval streets) are all undiscovered little gems. They form part of what might today be called Tuscany’s gold coast – where ancient terroir meets New World freedom.


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