This part of Tuscany is a real mix of rough beautiful nature including nature resorts and fertile farmland alike, cheap resort-like beach camping sites, Medieval hilltop ghost towns where it's impossible to imagine any modern life exists.
The Tuscans are generally thought be simple country people (by other Italians) and the Tuscans themselves consider the Maremma region as the "wild west" where the wild boar population outgrows the human!
"OMNIA DURA SICCIS"
Latin gives such authority to clever sayings: "A non-drinkers life is sad". Maremma covers several important wine designations in Tuscany - all from the famous Super Tuscans area in the North in Bolgheri, inland the Sangiovese still reigns with the DOCG appellations Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco, coastal wines include the whites Vermentino & Ansonica. Climate is hot & dry, soil types vary from area to area but tend to be quite fertile, hence great for other crops than wine. But since it seemed like easy catch to make plentiful of concentrated wines in Maremma, it became the hot spot for many wineries in Northern Tuscany to purchase land (as it was also much cheaper than any other affirmed wine region in Tuscany).
During our short week-end we visited 3 completely different areas; Monte Argentario (Ansonica grapes), Magliano, Marciano & Scansano for Morellino (Sangiovese grapes) & Pitigliano (Ciliegiolo grapes & various native white grapes). Wines have been tasted, territory's been covered & studied - we're getting more & more ready for our SUPER EXCITING Etruscan Coast - Drink like an Etruscan God - Fufluns Week Tour in 2017!
Every time we go on one of these weekends and it's worth sharing, I always feel the best possible way is to show you the areas in pictures. After all, pictures speak for themselves - so lots of pictures to follow underneath...
Places we ate: Da Caino (Montemerano), Braccio (beach - Porto Ercole), Fattoria di Magliano (Magliano)
We stayed at: Fattoria di Magliano - stunning location and B&B (with a very good breakfast, might I add) and family style restaurant, great views & huge pool (and had it been warmer we would have been splashing it, but we'll be back!) - AND it's a winery, too - so plenty of wine to be tasted right there!
More info on Maremma: Great resource/blog to Maremma is Mapitout
Typical Maremma landscape
Visiting with Antonio Camillo
Poggio Argentiera, he started on his own just a few years ago
Restaurant da Caino in the beautiful village Montemerano
The trip goes to Monte Argentario
Pitigliano - the city built on and out of Tufo stone