Wine adventure: along the Etruscan coast

From Livorno to Piombino going through the Elba Island you can find 150 km of Mediterranean vegetation alternated with lines of vineyards, pinewoods, olive groves and hayfields: a "spectacular combination of Tuscan countryside-meets-sea". Here you can enjoy amazing food, romantic sunsets and sip a glass of wine overlooking the sea.

The Etruscan coast is that part of Tuscany where the Italian wine revolution started and today you can find some of the best wines of the world. If you want to savour this land try these white and red wines and follow the “Strada del Vino e dell’Olio Costa degli Etruschi”  (Etruscan Coast Wine and Olive Oil Road).

1. Terratico di Bibbona wines: It's produced in the area near Collesalvetti, Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, and Bibbona. The wines made here are based for the better part on the Sangiovese and Trebbiano grapes. Here extra virgin olive oil is the very soul of this land and the rural landscape is literally dappled with mills and olive groves.
Bolgheri [Photo credits: Giuseppe Moscato]
Bolgheri [Photo credits: Giuseppe Moscato]
2. Montescudaio wines: Along this part of the Etruscan coast  you can find picturesque landscapes and beautiful scenic towns as Montescudaio, Guardistallo and Casale Marittimo. Vineyards here are truly blessed with an ideal micro-climate and superlative sunlight. The red wines are well structured with full body while the white wines are vigorous.
Agriturismo in Guardistallo, Pisa [Photo credits: Toprural]
Agriturismo in Guardistallo, Pisa [Photo credits: Toprural]
3. Bolgheri wines: Arriving to Bolgheri you'll pass a number of restaurants offering a selection of local products as pecorino and cold cuts . Here you will find some wine shops with a wide selection of Bolgheri DOC labels but also the famous Super Tuscans wines as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto. From Bolgheri you pass by the road lined with cypress trees declared a national monument and you arrive to SanGuido where the Sassicaia wine cellar and the Wine and Oil Road information office are located.
Suvereto [Photo credits: Benito Roveran] 
Suvereto [Photo credits: Benito Roveran] 
4. Val di Cornia wines: The itinerary takes us from Campiglia Marittima to Suvereto, the pulsing heart of the famous Val di Cornia and Suvereto DOCG wine. Heading inland we come across the Colline Metallifere which stretch from Sassetta to Monteverdi and approaching the sea the visitor finds the territory of Piombino. Among the local specialties don't miss the Campigliese, a flaky pie from Campiglia Marittima which pairs very well with the local dessert wines, the wild boar, the local artichoke of Suvereto and the Palamita fish.
Tenuta delle Ripalte (Capoliveri) Elba Island
Tenuta delle Ripalte (Capoliveri) Elba Island
5. Aleatico passito wine: If you love crystalline beaches and stunning landscapes, Elba is perfect for you. Get a Ferry from Piombino and reach the biggest island of the Tuscan archipelago. Here, the Aleatico sweet wine is the most famous of the area. Among the specialties that you must taste, don’t miss the stockfish with potato, octopus and a sweet flat bread called “Schiaccia briaca”  Enjoy the beautiful scenery offered by the nature surrounding the estates and discover how these wines are made. Book your wine tour here  You can also download  the app with a detailed itinerary of the Etruscan Coast Wine and Olive Oil road. Source and more info “Strada del Vino e dell’Olio Costa degli Etruschi”  See also: 1. Pedaling the Etruscan coast 2. Eating your way around the Etruscan Coast