Grey days alternate with brilliant blue skies, villages smelling of wood, just-baked bread and wine, beaches are now perfect paths for the most romantic walks: Autumn is here!. Facing floods and droughts, for centuries wise winemakers have produced very special wines in the countryside near the sea. If you love Autumn sea, and you like to walk down charming villages and taste unique season flavours, we propose to you four destinations to discover the lands where the best Tuscan wines are made.
The Etruscan Coast
La Costa degli Etruschi or the Etruscan coast, is made up of the 90 or so kilometres of coastline from Livorno to Piombino. Here the Italian wine revolution started and today you can find some of the best wines of the world. I. Back in the 1970s, Tuscan wine producers began to experiment with foreign grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. From these with the Sangiovese grosso grape, they created some revolutionary wine, known as Super Tuscans.
Travelling from Campiglia Marittima to Suvereto you'll find the pulsing heart of the famous Val di Cornia DOCG wine, a red wine made from at least 40% Sangiovese, and a max 60% of Cabernet Sauvignon or/and Merlot and the Suvereto DOCG, which could be made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Sangiovese from 85% to 100%. Arriving in Bolgheri you can visit some wine shops with a wide selection of Bolgheri DOC labels (white and reds), but also the famous Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto. Enjoy the beautiful scenery offered by the nature surrounding the estates and discover how these wines are made. Book your wine tour here.
Must Visit: Bolgheri, Campiglia Marittima, Castagneto Carducci, Venturina, Sassetta, Bibbona, Suvereto. Wine producers along the Etruscan coast
The Maremma, with its coastline of sun-kissed beaches, is one of the best summer destinations in Tuscany, however few people know that it is also an amazing wine destination. The Monteregio DOC is produced on the hills of the upper Maremma, while the south of the province of Grosseto is the land of the Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario DOC, White wine from Pitigliano DOC, Capalbio DOC, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Parrina DOC, Sovana DOC, white and red IGT Maremma Toscana.
Must visit: Castiglione della Pescaia, Scarlino, Massa Marittima, Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano, Pitigliano, Scansano, Wine producers in the Maremma
Get a Ferry from Piombino and reach Elba: the biggest island of the Tuscan archipelago. Here, the DOCG Aleatico sweet wine is the most famous of the area. But the island produces also amazing DOC white and red wines, passito and moscato.
From Porto Santo Stefano you can get to the Giglio island, the second largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. Its natural beauty makes it a true paradise. Giglio is home of the famous Ansonica DOC made with the Ansonica white grape, which makes up 85% of the wine.
Must see: Elba and Giglio island Wine producers in the Elba island
Located in the north-western province of Lucca there is the Versilia. Here vines have found the perfect weather and soil to grow. The Versilia is famous for its marble, its seas and beaches, its nightlife and the Carnival, however its wine is often overlooked.
Must Visit: Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Camaiore, Viareggio, Massarosa Wine producers in the Versilia
"I need the sea because it teaches me, I don’t know if I learn music or awareness, if it’s a single wave or its vast existence, (...) The fact is that until I fall asleep, in some magnetic way I move in the university of the waves".