Today we guide you through the “Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma”, i.e. the Route of Wine and Flavors of the Maremma Hills, located in south-eastern Tuscany. Not only it is one of Italy’s longest wine trails, it also offers most options and opportunities: from the sea to the hills to Mount Amiata, the territory is full of history and traditions for an authentic travel and foodie experience.
Local wines include the whites Bianco di Pitigliano, Montecucco Vermentino and Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario, and the reds Sovana Rosso Superiore and Capalbio Sangiovese, all of which have the DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) quality label. Most famous is the Morellino di Scansano with the DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) quality assurance label. Maremma’s wines are recognized even abroad, for example by the Vinitaly Club UK whose selection includes wines classified as Maremma Toscana DOC and Vermentino IGT.
Here are three interesting and mouth-watering routes that cannot be missed along the Maremma Hills:
The Route of Flavors, Aromas and Charm (Il percorso dei sapori, dei profumi, dell’incanto)
Rolling through Magliano in Toscana, Scansano, Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Manciano and Semproniano, the area is marked by the hilly countryside dotted with ancient castles and is at the heart of Maremma’s ancient traditions. Local foodie delights include: Morellino di Scansano, extra virgin olive oil and cheeses. When around the area, visit the charming Tenuta Marsiliana, owned by the princely Corsini family. Here you can enjoy guided tours of the Castello di Marsiliana and of the cellars, as well as tastings of the wines produced at the Principe Corsini vineyards.
The Route of Water, Colors and Marvels (Il Percorso Dell’acqua, Dei Colori, Delle Meraviglie)
This route extends along the Silver Coast (Costa d’Argento) with precious gems like Capalbio, Monte Argentario, Orbetello and Giglio Island. It is ideal for sea and nature lovers, alternating flat sandy beaches with dramatic cliffs, crystal-clear waters and protected nature reserves such as Duna Feniglia and Maremma Nature Park. But it also features medieval hamlets like Capalbio, where you can visit the design Monteverro Winery and witness how grapes are harvested and selected manually, and then transformed into unique wines through modern techniques. Local foodie delights include: Orbetello bottarga fish; Maremma meat; extra virgin olive oil.
The Route of the Tufa Rocks (Il Percorso Del Tufo)
This breathtaking landscape lies in the “Tufa area”, characterized by medieval villages perched on tufa cliffs and ancient cellars carved in the calcareous rock. The wine route encircles verdant valleys overlookd by the picturesque towns of Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana, dominated by castles, forts and even a synagogue. Local foodie delights include: Sorano’s white bean, Pitigliano’s white wine and ‘sfratto’ dessert, Sovana’s red wine.