Discovering the Maremma with Carpineto’s wines
Summer arrives uncompromisingly. The warm temperatures from the beginning of June make us want to leave the city. And also plunge ourselves into the light blue waters of the Tyrrhenian sea. Yes, because our Tuscany – famous worldwide for its hills, vines and cypress trees – also has the sea. Where one of our estates, Gavorrano, is located, the green territory of the Maremma extends, marked by maritime pines, Mediterranean maquis and olive trees. A perfect area to enjoy the summer and the crystal clear sea of its inlets, from the Argentario to the areas bordering Grosseto. For this reason we would like to tell you a bit more about this fascinating territory. Glass in hand, ça va sans dire.
From Capalbio to the Argentario with Carpineto Vermentino Valcolomba
The southern area of the Maremma, the one bordering with Lazio, already has some jewels to be discovered. First of all, the ancient city of Capalbio. From the coast we go back up towards the village dominated by the medieval stronghold built by the Aldobrandeschi. Still surrounded by the mighty walls embracing the village, Capalbio is a city full of military architecture – from castles to watchtowers – precisely for its position near the sea. In the lower part, on the edge of the village, you will find one of the most curious and unusual parks in the whole of Italy. It’s a jewel that is worth the journey alone: the tarot garden designed by Niki de Saint Phalle. A dreamlike journey inspired by Gaudì’s Park Güell in Barcelona, with colours and esoteric symbols that will enchant you step after step.
From Capalbio you can then easily reach Monte Argentario with its towns resting on the sea, from Porto Ercole to Porto Santo Stefano. Elegant and exclusive places where you can relax at appetizer time or at dinner time, sipping a Carpineto Vermentino Valcolomba. A fresh, balanced, pleasantly drinkable wine. A bouquet of aromas that remind of the Maremma woods, in the sweet company of the sapidity that recalls the waves of the sea.
At Massa Marittima with Carpineto Farnito Valcolomba
The Maremma is sea but not only that. The hinterland includes some small jewels that are really worth knowing and exploring. One of these is undoubtedly Massa Marittima, a town bordering with “our” Gavorrano. An ancient centre, inhabited since prehistoric times and later famous for the mining activity that took place in its territory, is a famous tourist attraction for the churches and the historical and military buildings that dot the old part of the town. One of the most fascinating, unmissable places for those wishing to visit is undoubtedly the Cathedral of San Cerbone: built in the twelfth century, it is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in the whole of Tuscany. A short distance away we can find the church and convent of San Pietro all’Orto: an ancient building too, currently used as a museum also hosting a contemporary art exhibition.
Precisely for its vicinity to our Gavorrano estate and for the cuisine with a preference for tastes of the Maremma hinterland like those of game, we recommend accompanying the visit with a glass of Carpineto Farnito Valcolomba: a wine of great structure, balanced and elegant. A great expression of the Merlot that we grow here in Maremma, intense, persistent and fine in its taste and sensory balance. An unforgettable joy for the palate.
Bonus Track: on the Isola del Giglio with Dogajolo Bianco
And if you decide you want to visit the Isola del Giglio, with its fortress and its little harbour where fishermen still work with nets and lobster traps, you cannot miss the local cuisine, understandably dedicated to seafood dishes. With either a good fried seafood platter, an oven-baked gilthead bream, or a simple but tasty spaghetti with clams, our Dogajolo Bianco will be the perfect travel companion for your cool harbourside evenings out.