From the Santa Maria Estate, cross the Sterza Valley, fording the stream, and taking the road that climbs through lovely countryside up to the hamlet of Querceto, with amedieval castle that’s been transformed into a winery. Stop here for a visit to the cellar and a wine tasting.
From Querceto, take the road that starts near the cemetery and descends gently down to the Cecina River, which you’ll cross via the bridge in Casino di Terra. Going along a white road, you’ll reach the Fattoria del Mocaio, an old farmhouse that was turned into a holiday farm. The trail continues on to Casaglia, a medieval village in a magnificent position overlooking the Cecina Valley. The trail turns back towards the Cecina River, which has to be forded before reaching high ground in Montescudaio, where you can stop for an excellent glass of wine and a meal at the La Giuncaia farm.
The wine route is at its best in the land of Montescudaio DOC wines, and continues towards the village of Guardistallo and the Fattoria Santa Maria where you can visit the ancient “vin santo” (sweet wine) cellar with more wine and extra-virgin olive oil tasting. Last but not least, in the heart of Guardistallo, you can taste the wines and visit the cellars of Leonida Landi. The excursion ends by “soberly” returning to the Santa Maria Estate.