Hear the name “Tuscany” and most will think of Siena and the famous wine-producing regions around it along Italy’s central mountainous spine. Regions like Chianti, Montepulciano, or the world-renowned Brunello di Montalcino. But there’s been a revolution along the Tyrrhenian coast: Bolgheri was the epicenter of the revolution, with Sassicaia and Tignanello both released in 1971, introducing the world to Bordeaux blends called Super Tuscans. These wines can now rank among the most coveted in the world. Other aspiring winemakers took notice, and we explored some of the most notable in our article “Tuscan Coastal Wine Region.”
We recently revisited the coastal region south of Bolgheri, the Maremma, and visited a relative newcomer, Monteverro. The vineyards and winery lie within sight of the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the foot of the medieval town of Capalbio on the southern edge of Tuscany and just an hour and a half from Rome. This is still a largely agricultural area. Yet Monteverro represents an unbridled commitment to making excellent wine from this otherwise unproven area. The vineyards are meticulously prepared and maintained, and the winery is state of the art. Join Walter in the coming weeks as we visit Monteverro and taste through their current range of excellent wines as well as some library samples going back to the first vintage in 2008.