Montecucco Wine Region Guide

Unveiling Tuscany's Hidden Wine Paradise


Last updated: May 6, 2024


At first glance, no secrets are left to discover in rural Tuscany. After all, how can a region that receives over 40 million tourists per year have anything left to hide? Yet, while the landscape of southwestern Tuscany is as stunningly beautiful as anything you’ll discover in Chianti Classico, the area is curiously (and gloriously) bereft of visitors. Nowhere is this more true than in the undulating vineyards of Montecucco – Tuscany’s last undiscovered wine paradise.

However, Montecucco is no stranger to the vine. The Etruscans ‘colonized’ the foothills of the Monte Amiata, situated to the northeast of Grosseto in the Upper Maremma province, in the pre-Roman era to grow vines and other crops on these fertile slopes. The Latin conquerors enthusiastically continued this tradition – Roman legions consolidated their hold over the Italian Peninsula in 264 BC. Unfortunately, after the Western Empire collapsed in the 5th century due to internal and external pressures, Montecucco and its vines faded into obscurity. A modest revival, driven by rising prosperity in central Italy, only occurred in the 20th century; winegrowers celebrated the 25th anniversary of holding DOC status last year, outlining their hopes and ambitions for the future. Armed with superior terroir, high-quality clones of Sangiovese, and a healthy dose of chutzpah, Montecucco is definitely back in business.


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