Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo




Archipelago Toscano




Badia di Coltibuono

Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa


Bolsena Lake


Brunello di Montalcino




Castel del Piano



Castellina in Chianti


Castelnuovo Bererdenga

Castiglioncello Bandini

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglion Fiorentino



Chinaciano Terme




Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio

Colle Val d'Elsa


Crete Senesi

Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba



Gaiole in Chianti



Greve in Chianti


Lago Trasimeno

La Foce



Massa Marittima

Montagnola Senese


Monte Amiata

Monte Argentario





Monte Oliveto Maggiore








Parco Naturale della Maremma







Radda in Chianti



San Bruzio

San Casciano dei Bagni

San Galgano

San Gimignano

San Giovanni d'Asso

San Quirico d'Orcia


Santa Fiora














Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Torrita di Siena




Val d'Elsa

Val di Merse

Val d'Orcia

Valle d'Ombrone




Walking in Tuscany
Saffredi vineyards

Scansano, one of the Maremma’s most prestigious vineyards, Fattoria Le Pupille


album Surroundings

Morellino di Scansano


Equally beautiful, but less touristy, southern Tuscany is known for its sun-drenched farmlands, picture perfect hill towns, and Italy's best red wines. Morellino di Scansano became a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) recognized wine starting with the 2007 harvest. 

The Morellino di Scansano wine originates in one of the most natural and uncontaminated areas of Tuscany: the southern coastal area of the region known as the Tuscan Maremma, located between the valleys of the Ombrone and Albegna Rivers, which includes the territory of the municipality of Scansano, the territory where Biondi Santi produces an excellent Morellino and other world-renowned wines, as well as parts of the municipalities of Grosseto and Magliano in Toscana towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the municipalities of Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Semproniano e Manciano in the direction of Monte Amiata and the interior of the region.

Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape variety. According to tradition, the Morellino wine gets its name from the bay horses called "morelli" – that used to pull the carriages of the public officials and their families moving to Scansano for the summer, as it recalls the horses’ strength and the intense colour of their coats.
During this period Scansano became the summer capital of the Maremma region, and was transformed into a lively and prosperous town where viticulture was an integral part in the economy of the town along with mining and trading activities. [1]

The wine, which was granted DOC status in 1978, then upgraded to DOCG status beginning with the 2007 vintage, is made from at least 85% Sangiovese, which is also the basis of the Tuscan wines Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The remaining 15% can comprise any non-aromatic black grape varieties included in a list made and periodically updated by Tuscan wine authorities.

The production area of Morellino di Scansano covers approximately 65,000 hectares of land in the southwest of the province of Grosseto, the southernmost area of Tuscany. It includes the entire territory of the municipality of Scansano; most of the towns of Grosseto, Magliano in Toscana, Manciano; part of the municipalities of Campagnatico, Roccalbegna and Semproniano. There are about 1,500 hectares of vineyards in the Morellino di Scansano register. [1]

The area covered by the vineyards includes hills and foothills sloping south from the north and the east towards the plain of Albinia and westward to the Tyrrhenian coast and the plain of Grosseto. With this exposure, the area is protected from the cold north winds, and open to the temperate sea breezes.[1]

Morellino di Scansano does not need to age in wood and can be released in March after harvest, meaning that it can be found on the shelf at less than 8 months old, thus a fresh and crisp wine.

Morellino di Scansano Riserva can be released on 1 January two years after the harvest, at least one of which it has to age in wood.

The Consorzio Tutela del Vino Morellino di Scansano (Consortium for the conservation of the Morellino di Scansano wine) was founded in 1992 by a small group of wine producers determined to support and enhance their own DOC-designated product through its promotion and protection. Morellino di Scansano obtained DOCG status in 2007.
Over the years the consortium has grown and now has more than 200 members.




Jacopo Biondi Santi Morellino di Scansano
Jacopo Biondi Santi Morellino di Scansano




The Festa dell'Uva is the culmination of a month's worth of wine-themed celebrations held in Scansano throughout September.

Comune di Scansano

Consorzio di Tutela del Morellino di Scansano
Via Marconi, 23 - 58054 Scansano (GR)

Wines in Southern Tuscany | Organic winegrowing in the Montecucco and Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino ii Scansano regions

Map Wines in Southern Tuscany
Map of wines in Maremma Toscana



Morellino di Scansano wine cooperative


The Morellino di Scansano wine cooperative is composed of some 150 members. Created in 1972, it has 400 hectares of vineyards between its members who represent a small community in which each winemaker is directly involved. The vineyards are situated on the hills around Scansano, in the province of Grosetto. Among the coop’s members is Chiara Farusi, a former journalist who began a new life in the Maremma area of Tuscany. She owns 14 hectares of vineyards and produces the cooperative’s only organic wine.

Roggiano Morellino di Scansano Docg
The wine is a blend of 90% Sangiovese with the remaining part made up of Syrah, Ciliegiolo and Alicante grapes.

Cantina Cooperativa Vignaioli del Morellino di Scansano
BORGATA Saragiolo O

Azienda Regionale Agricola di Alberese

The Azienda Regionale Agricola di Alberese is located in the heart of Maremma, it extends over 4600 hectares, which includes 700 hectares of pine forest, about 2000 of wood, 50 of vineyards in the DOCG Morellino di Scansano area, and 300 of olive trees.
With about 500 maremmana cows and 70 maremmano horses bred in the wild, the company is also one of the biggest producers of organic beef.


L'Azienda Regionale Agricola di Alberese
loc. Spergolaia 58100 Alberese (GR)
Punto Vendita
via dell'Artigliere, 4 58100 Alberese






The “Cantina di Magliano” winery is now part of the social and productive fabric of AgriMaremma company, thanks to the recent acquisition of a small agricultural cooperative, founded in 2006. The cooperative initially aimed to preserve the distinct qualities of the wine produced in a widespread region, part of the DOCG Morellino di Scansano area, including part of the districts of Magliano in Toscana and Manciano.

Cantina in Magliano
Magliano in T. (Gr) Loc. Poderone
Tel/Fax +39 0564 593011


Aia Vecchia S.r.l.


Aia Vecchia is the name of an old building (today is the corporate centre) situated in the Tuscan Country between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci and next the Tyrrhenian coast. The property consists of 69 hectares of open ground: 48 of which are planted with vines and 30 of these are in the Bolgheri DOC zone. The "Morellino di Scansano" and the "Vermentino" are produced in the estate of Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto) which consists of 10 hectares planted with Sangiovese and Merlot grape varieties. ndizioni pedoclimatiche riscontrate nel territorio. 

Morellino di Scansano - D.O.C.G.
Vermentino Maremma - I.G.T

Aia Vecchia S.r.l.
Via del Casone Ugolino, 7



Fattoria Le Pupille


Elisabetta Geppetti. ‘They call her the Lady of Morellino and the Ambassador of Maremma. She has been the first woman to be the president of a consortium in 1992, year of foundation of the Morellino di Scansano Consortium.

Fattoria Le Pupille is a small estate owned by Elisabetta Geppetti. In 1978, the Morellino di Scansano DOC was created; that same year marked the first harvest of the new DOC wine at Le Pupille.
Elisabetta Geppetti bought Fattoria Le Pupille in 1985, and with the help of Giacomo Tachis, renowned winemaker behind both Sassicaia and the Antinori estates, she released her first wine, Morellino di Scansanso Riserva, in 1982. The first vintage of Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano, under Elisabetta, was carried out in 1985. In the 1990s, Fattoria Le Pupille established a presence in the international wine market. Of particular note has been its Saffredi.
Saffredi - that began as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon – is named Saffredi, in honor of Fredi, Elisabetta Geppetti's mentor and father-in-law who previously owned the estate. The estate has expanded significantly and today has 75 hectares, while the production of Saffredi has grown from its initial 9,000 bottles to 30,000. Over time the composition of the wine also changed and since 1993 the Cabernet Sauvignon has been blended with varying percentages of Alicante and Merlot.
The property of Le Pupille is an antique farmhouse and its silhouette is present in some of the most recognizable wine labels of Le Pupille, the whole winery is surrounded by a 12 hectares vineyard, including a small patch destined to an experimentation of old Sangiovese grapes, coming from ancient vine rows.
Elisabetta Geppetti also acquires a 12 hectare vineyard from which she produces a Cru-Morellino, the “Poggio Valente” since 1997.

Poggio Argentato IGT Toscana Bianco, PIEMME IGT Toscana Bianco, RosaMati IGT Toscana Rosato, Pelofino IGT Toscana Rosso, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Morellino di Scansano Riserva DOCG, Poggio Valente IGT Toscana Rosso, Saffredi IGT Maremma Toscana and SolAltoIGT Toscana.

Poggio Brigante


Named after the  hill on which it is sits, Poggio Brigante grows around 25 hectares of hill vineyards, planted at about 200 meters from the sea level, on a medium texture soil tending to clayey. The farm grows wine grapes such as Sangiovese, Syrah, Alicante and Vermentino.


"ARSURA" Morellino di Scansano Docg, "SYRAH" Maremma Toscana IGT, "GUAZZALFALCO" Maremma Toscana IGT and "POGGIO BRIGANTE" Morellino di Scansano DOCG Az. Agr. Poggio Brigante di L. Rossi
Colle di Lupo 13
Magliano in Toscana (Gr)

Castell di Montepò and Castello del Cotone


The Castle of Montepò is represented as a splendid and rare example of a Sienese fortified villa of the late 15th century.
The castle today belongs to the Biondi Santi family, and is an integral part of their farm specializing in the production of excellent wines, among theml the super Tuscans Schidione, Montepaone, Sassoalloro.
Jacopo Biondi Santi planned to retire to the Montepò castle estate, and work as an international wine consultant, as well as managing Montepò and another family estate, Il Greppo. Il Greppo was the estate where in the 19th century his great grandfather cloned and registered the first Sangiovese for Brunello.

Montepò wines include a Supertuscan, Schidione, and Morellino di Scansano.
The composition of the soil types, the range of microclimates, and the proximity of the sea make the estate suited for producing very high-level wines, which fully express the great winemaking potential of the Maremma district.

How to reach the Castle of Montepò. Montepò is about 7 kilometers from Scansano. Exit the SS1 Aurelia at Grosseto East and continue along the Via delle Collachie Provinciale Scansanese, and pass Bivio Montorgiali and Pancole. As soon as you pass this last village, turn left and follow the signs for Montepò/Polveraia. Staying on the left you will go onto an unpaved road that will take you through the Tenuta di Montepò. After a series of curves, you will come upon the vision of the castle, set in the heart of the valley (you will see in the background setting, a series of modern windmills part of a power station).[1]

The Castle of Montepò Estate counts 500 hectares at 450 metres above sea level. Vineyards cover 50 hectares. They are cultivated with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Wines include the"super Tuscans" Schidione, Montepaone, Sassoalloro IGt, Morellino di Scansano Annata and Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva.


Castle of Montepò, a massive and still intact fortress

Franco Biondi Santi

Monastero di San Bruzio, Magliano in Toscana


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To the municipality of Magliano in Toscana also belong the localities of Alberese Scalo (18,23 km), Cupi (15,76 km), Montiano (9,35 km), Podere Corso (8,36 km), Poderone (3,71 km), Sant`Andrea (6,95 km), Stazione di Alberese (18,09 km).


Restaurants in Scansano, Pereta and Magliano in Toscana


La Cantina Di Simone, Vittorio Emanuele N. 14, 58054 Scansano |

Enoteca dei Mille, Piazza Garibaldi 2, 58054 Scansano |

Pane E Tulipani | Morelliana Food & Wine, Via IV Novembre, 19/21, 58054 Scansano

La Cantina, Via della Botte, 1, 50854 Scansano |

Il Grottone, Vicolo degli Addobbi, 2, 58054 Scansano


La Locanda di Torquato, Via del Corso, 14, Montorgiali

Franco e Silvana, Via Scansanese, 9, 58054 Montorgiali


Trattoria Da Maria Moretti, Via Roma 10, Loc. Pereta, 58051-Magliano in Toscana |

Il Cinghiale Bianco, Via della Fonte 16, 58051 Pereta

Magliano in Toscana

Ristorante Da Guido, Via Roma, 18, Magliano in Toscana

La Bottega di Bacco, via delle mura, 7, Magliano in Toscana

Il Bucchero, Strada della Capitana, Loc. Sterpeti, Magliano in Toscana

Antica Trattoria Aurora, Via Chiasso Lavagnini 12, Magliano in Toscana

[1] Parco Eolico Poggio Alti | In 2007 Endesa Italia has inaugurated a 20 MW wind farm in Poggi Alti, in the municipal territory of Scansano. The park has ten turbines 67 meters high built by Gamesa, with 2 MW capacity each.
'In 2007 Jacopo Biondi Santi successfully defeated the giant by winning the case against the construction of a wind turbine park by the Spanish company Gamesa around the Castle of Montepò. The Tuscan courts ruled in favor of Jacopo Biondi Santi and the association Italia Nostra by declaring “the authorization (given by the Tuscany Region and the Grosseto Province) for construction of a wind turbine park is illegitimate”.
Jacopo Biondi Santi stated: “It is an immense satisfaction, for the first time a wine producer beats an energy colossal. I want to thank all of those who have made this ‘victory’ possible, in particular, the Vice Premier and Minister of Cultural Heritage, Francesco Rutelli, who took the problem to heart and with extraordinary professionalism and sensitivity corrected an incorrect decision by the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of Siena. It is important to specify, however, that I am not against wind power or alternative energy in general, but that in this case, given the context, it was unthinkable”. [Further reading: WineNews - JACOPO BIONDI SANTI’S WINE WINS BATTLE AGAINST THE SPANISH WIND TURBINE COLOSSAL GAMESA.]
Jacopo Biondi Santi, the great-grandson of Brunello's father Ferruccio Biondi Santi and son of the extraordinary Brunello producer Franco Biondi Santi, has taken his family's tradition and philosophy on high quality wines to new heights. His first wines were produced at his father's Montalcino estate in 1991. Shortly after in 1996, Jacopo Biondi Santi founded his own estate in Maremma at the Castle of Montepò.
The composition of the soil, the variety of microclimates and the proximity of the sea-keeping makes it suitable for production of wines of the highest level, fully expressive of the great potential of wine Maremma. Montepò wines include a Supertuscan, Schidione, and Morellino di Scansano.

Of the many articles that were written on the subject, we mention these:

Italian Windfarm Diary |


Decanter | Tuscan producers outraged by wind turbine

Morellino di Scansano