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Course: Tuscany

Class 3: Bolgheri and Super Tuscans


THE MAREMMA
  • Historically Maremma a swampy terrain with malaria-carrying mosquitoes
  • Named for the sea, or "mare" in Italian,
  • Located along Tuscany's Mediterranean shoreline
  • Can be divided into three parts:
        Maremma Alta, includes Bolgheri
        Maremma Grossetana, includes Morellino di Scansano
        Maremma Laziale
  • Grape heaven
        Warm Mediterranean climate and poor sandy soils - grows grapes easily
        Reliably ripe fruit at harvest
        Affordable land and inexpensive production costs
  • Grapes range from a local clone of Sangiovese to international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
SCANSANO
  • May be Maremma's most established area
  • Warm climate perfect for ripening Sangiovese
  • Morellino is the local variety of Sangiovese
  • Morellino di Scansano DOC known for fruit-forward, new world style
BOLGHERI
  • In northern Maremma, between Livorno and Grosetto
  • In 1970s,...

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