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

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Podere Santa Pia overlooks some of the most beautiful countryside in southern Tuscany. It is also centrally located with easy accessibility to many of the famous wine vineyards, from rom Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montecucco [1]
album Surroundings


Wines in Tuscany

From Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montecucco D.O.C.


Italy is one of the largest producers of wines. Its climate, soil and very old traditions make Italy a natural wine growing nation. The wines are as personal as a name, as different as the colors of the rainbow and as much a part of Italian life as almost 3,000 years of tradition can make them. The Etruscans of North-Central Italy, who created one of the peninsula's earliest civilizations, left evidence of how to make wine. The Greeks who soon after established themselves in the South gave Italy the name Enotria (the land of wine). Tuscany (Toscana) is known mainly for Chianti, while Tuscany's wine of greatest stature is Brunello di Montalcino.
The fame of the excellent wines that began as Italian home-grown versions of Bordeaux has spread throughout the world of wine connoisseurs, but until recently the region itself was ignored by most visitors to Tuscany. Now though, more and more oenophiles are diverting to come to the pretty hills by the Mediterranean to discover the Maremma's secrets for themselves.
The whole of Southern Tuscany is crisscrossed with wine routes. You can visit the various cellars sampling the dark, rich wine produced by the region's grapes, but furthermore the routes take you through some of the most outstanding areas of southern Tuscany.

Montecucco wine region


Montecucco D.O.C.


The principal wine villages in the Maremma are Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Scansano, Cinigiano and Suvereto. Grapes used in Maremma wines include Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Cabernet Franc, Alicante and Aleatico.

DOC Montecucco is located in Southern Tuscany in the Maremma region which is particularly adapted to the elaboration of fine wines. Montecucco is sometimes called Tuscany's last unexplored wine region.

DOC Montecucco allows 5 different types of wines. Three types of red wine, Montecucco Rosso, Montecucco Sangiovese and Montecucco Riservaalong with two white wines, the Montecucco Bianco and the Montecucco Vermentino, make up the whole of the DOC Monteccuco designation.

Wines in Tuscany | DOCG Montecucco

Events in Tuscany | Cinigiano, Festa dell'Uva

I migliori vini della Toscana | Montecucco | Consorzio Tutela Vini



Strada del Vino di Montecucco - Toscana

  The Montecucco Wine Trail runs through a vast area situated on the slopes of Mount Amiata, which has its centre at Cinigiano, lying between the Maremma region and Amiata. The vineyards are situated on the southwest hillsides of the Amiata Mountain, directly opposite the Brunello slopes; the two enjoy the same microclimate.
The seven Comuni which produce the Montecucco DOC wine are all to be found in the Province of Grosseto, in South Tuscany, and are, besides Cinigiano: Civitella Paganico, Campagnatico, Castel del Piano, Arcidosso, Seggiano and Roccalbegna.
The Montecucco wine trail (La Strada del Vino Montecucco) consists of a main roadway with five turn-offs. It can also be found on the official site of Strada del Vino Montecucco - Montecucco Wine Trail.

  Organic wines in southern Tuscany

A high proportion of the top producers in Montecucco practise organic or biodynamic viticulture.
More and more wineries believe in maintaining the delicate chain of a balanced biological ecosystem and use organic or sustainable approaches to winemaking.
Proponents of organically grown wine believe that chemical farming destroys the uniqueness of the land, and the unique flavor that this 'terroir' imparts to the wine.

Wines in Southern Tuscany


Map Wines in Southern Tuscany
Map of wines in Maremma Toscana


Member companies of the DOC Montecucco



Brunello di Montalcino

Old red wine bottles in Montalcino



Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most prestigious and sought-after wines in all of Italy, and for good reason. Produced in the southern region of Tuscany, this wine is the pinnacle of Sangiovese-based wines, and a true representation of the terroir and winemaking traditions of the Montalcino region.

Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown on the hills surrounding the town of Montalcino. The wine is aged for a minimum of two years in oak barrels, followed by a further four months of bottle aging before it is released to the market. The result is a wine that is deep, complex and rich, with a distinctive bouquet of red berries, leather, and tobacco, and a long, silky finish.

The production of Brunello di Montalcino is strictly regulated by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, ensuring that only the highest quality grapes are used and that the wine is made in accordance with traditional winemaking methods. The result is a wine that is consistently of the highest quality and truly represents the unique terroir of the region.

Montalcino and its wines | Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region Guide

Map of the Brunello di Montalcino region | Member companies of the DOCG Brunello di Montalcino

Montalcino | Roses in Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, Montalcino


Vino Nobile di Montepulcino, vineyards

Vino Nobile di Montepulcino, vineyards [3]

    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano


Vino Nobile di Montepulciano


    The Chianti area

Sunset in Chianti (in the vineyards in Lornano), Chianti Classico area, Siena, Tuscany

Sunset in Chianti in the vineyards in Lornano, Chianti Classico area, Siena, Tuscany [2]

  The Chianti area

IGT wines | Super Tuscans | Sassicaia, Ornellaia


Super Tuscans.


Rocca di Frassinello, wine cellar designed by Renzo Piano

La Rocca di Frassinello winery in Central Maremma is the result of a partnership between Paolo Panerai,
owner of Castellare di Castellina in Chianti Classico, and Baron Eric de Rothschild of the world famous
Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite. They hired world-famous architect Renzo Piano to design
their new winemaking facility and cellars.


Traveling in Tuscany | Wine and contemporary architecture in Tuscany

I migliori vini della Toscana | Bolgheri Sassicaia


[1] Photo by Ornellaia e Masseto SocietÓ Agricola S.r.l.,licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
[2] Photo by Antonio Cinotti, published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
[3] Photo by , published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.



Holiday Accommodation Tuscany

Podere Santa Pia is a nineteenth-century wonderful country house, located on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini. One of the best places to slow travel in Tuscany is the Maremma, with its exquisite nature, small hillside villages, its epic countryside, cuisine, and excellent wines. Podere Santa Pia offers a panoramic tour of the valleys that surround the farmhouse so that the trip becomes a unique experience among the colors and atmospheres of this unique Tuscan landscape.

Holiday homes in the Tuscan Maremma | Holiday home Podere Santa Pia





Banfi, Castello di Poggio alle Mura,
view from Podere Santa Pia



Castello Colle Massari,
view from Podere Santa Pia



Castel Porrona, a charming medieval village dating back to the 11th century, between Cinigiano and Castiglioncello Bandini and Podere Santa Pia


Antinori in Chianti Classico
Architecture in Chianti Classico, San Casciano Val di Pesa   La cantina del Castello Colle Massari, Poggio del Sasso, Cinigiano   A perspective from the bottom of a spiral stair building architecture in Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Loc. Bargino, San Casciano in Val di pesa

Cantina Antinori. Architecture in Chianti Classico, San Casciano Val di Pesa





La cantina del Castello Colle Massari, Poggio del Sasso, Cinigiano




Una prospettiva dal basso dell'architettura di un edificio a scala a chiocciola ad Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Loc. Bargino, San Casciano in Val di Pesa




Podere Santa Pia overlooking the Maremma hills