The hilly Morellino di Scansano Wine Production Region of Italy has a colorful history in the Maremma territory of south-western Tuscany in the province of Grosseto. The Maremma includes part of the coast of southern Tuscany. Scansano was aquired by the Grand Duke Cosimo Medici II in 1615. Wine-making in this region can be traced back to the Etruscans.
The region is located south of Montalcino. There are about 200 growers, winemakers and bottlers in this area. The appellation was awarded the prestigous DOCG classification in 2007. About 10 million bottles are produced every year.
On October 17, 2011, Giacomo Pondini, the director of the Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano organized a fabulous wine-tasting seminar at the elegant Hotel Sax in Chicago.
The consortium was founded in the early 1990s. When they leave Chicago, they will travel to New York and then on to Florida to promote these outstanding Italian wines.
For more information about this consortium visit www.consorziomorellino.it and talk to Giacomo Pondini, Direttore.
I had an opportunity to taste some of the wonderful red wines made from mostly sangiovese grapes. The sangiovese grape variety is also the basis of the Tuscan wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. “Morellino” is the local name of the Sangiovese grape varietal.
This area is predominantly hilly and lies between the basins of the Ombrone and Albegna Rivers. These wines can be enjoyed a year after the harvest and pair nicely with the regional foods including red meat, game and Pecorino Toscana cheese.
After the wine seminar, there was a “Grand Tasting” with plenty of opportunities to speak to the passionate wine-makers.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com