Travel Tip: Tuscan Wineries

Five top Tuscan wineries, reviewed by the editors of Wine Spectator
Sep 28, 2009

If you're planning a trip to Tuscany, you'll want to take a look at these five Tuscan wineries, all of which accept visitors for tastings and tours. Note: Information was accurate at press time. Call wineries well in advance of your visit to schedule appointments for tastings and/or tours (if applicable).

Brancaia in Maremma
Località Montebottigli
Grosseto 58100 Italy

Perhaps no estate in Maremma better illustrates the dynamic winemaking force that has hit the area since the late 1990s than Brancaia in Maremma. This estate, southeast of Grosseto, was wilderness until 1998, when it was bought by Swiss family Widmer, owners of the Brancaia estate in Chianti Classico. Eleven years later, 90 acres of newly planted vineyards have yielded the 96-point, Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese-Petit Verdot blend Ilatraia 2007. The winery includes a small, well-lit tasting room where you can sample Brancaia wines from both Maremma and Chianti Classico.

Telephone: + 39-0577-742007
Website: www.brancaia.com
Business hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily; tours by appointment only
Owners: Bruno and Brigitte Widmer

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Castello di Marsiliana
Località Marsiliana
Manciano 58014 Italy

This 7,125-acre estate belongs to the Corsini family, which has been influential in Tuscany since the Renaissance. Until recently, the family's winemaking activity was concentrated in its Chianti Classico estate, Le Corti, but their Marsiliana Toscana IGT, a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend made from the Marsiliana estate's 55 acres of vineyards has put the Corsini name on the Maremma wine map too. Located in the heart of Maremma, 12 kilometers from the sea, the estate features rolling hills covered by woodland, brush and, naturally, the occasional vineyard. There's a hunting-lodge atmosphere up in the beautiful old castle, where you'll find the large, rustic tasting room and the cellars. The estate contains a number of houses available for rent during the holidays, including beachfront property as well as the castle itself.

Telephone: + 39-0564-605060
Website: www.principecorsini.com
Business hours: Tastings and tours by appointment only, Monday through Saturday
Owners: The Corsini family

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Erik Banti
Località Fosso dei Molini
Scansano 58054 Italy

Erik Banti started bottling Morellino back in 1981, making him one of the pioneers in the Morellino di Scansano-designated area. But this former photographer, racecar driver and golfer was also among the first producers in the area to grasp the growing importance of tourism for the local wine industry. The proof of his conviction is the well-equipped tasting room, which in 2006 pretty much doubled the size of this small winery, located just outside Scansano, the capital of Morellino country. Regular wine tastings are on offer here, as well as courses in wine-and-food pairing. The winery also produces a line of traditional local food items, for sale in the shop.

Telephone: + 39-5-6450-8006
Website: www.erikbanti.com
Business hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat. (Apr.–Oct.), and 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (Nov.–Mar.); tours by appointment only
Owner: Erik Banti

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Moris Farms
Località Cura Nuova
Massa Marittima 58024 Italy

To get the real flavor of Morellino country, visit Moris Farms' Poggio La Mozza (no connection to the Joseph Bastianich estate La Mozza), 20 minutes inland from Grosseto. This 140-acre hilltop estate offers stupendous views of the whole area, and its simple stone-and-tufo cellars add to the peaceful, homey atmosphere. The Moris family (of Spanish origin) has been working the Maremma soil for more than 200 years, but Poggio La Mozza is a relatively recent acquisition, bought in 1971. The family's historic 1,037-acre estate is farther north, near Follonica, in the Monteregio di Massa Marittima wine-producing area, where Moris makes the winery's top label, the Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese-Syrah blend Avvoltore. The estate's 3,600 cypresses are the legacy of a tree-loving Moris ancestor.

Telephone: + 39-0566-919135
Website: www.morisfarms.it
Business hours: Tastings and tours by appointment only
Owners: The Moris family

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Poggio Argentiera
Località Banditella di Alberese, Strada Banditella 2
Grosseto 58100 Italy

This boutique winery is one of the success stories of the "new" Maremma. In 1997, local agronomist Gianpaolo Paglia and his British wife, Justine Keeling, acquired the estate, located about 15 minutes south of Grosseto on the main coastal road, and started making Morellino di Scansano from the 15 acres of existing vineyards. The estate has now grown to 57 acres of vineyards, in two locations. The cozy tasting room, perched above the fermenting cellar, offers a good introduction to the local red and white grape varieties.

Telephone: + 39-0564-405099
Website: www.poggioargentiera.com
Business hours: 9 a.m.–noon, and 2 p.m.–5 p.m., daily; tastings and tours by appointment only
Owners: Gianpaolo Paglia; Justine Keeling

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