The Wine Trail winds between the coast and the hinterland; it is over 150 km long and crosses enchanting country sites and characteristic towns of mediaeval origin. The area, the cradle of Etruscan civilisation, is dotted with gentle hills and rocky coasts alternating with white beaches. The influence of the sea winds gives unique scents and a particularly healthy air; it is the perfect place to spend a holiday dedicated to wellness, relaxation and good cuisine.
The particular climate of the area allows the production of wines such as the famous Sassicaia, a red produced near the coast and renowned internationally. There are also fine whites with a fresh taste and very aromatic “passiti”.
The 5 DOC areas that mark out the district, which you encounter coming from the north, are: Terratico di Bibbona, Montescudaio, Bolgheri, Val di Cornia and the Isle of Elba.
Terratico di Bibbona: wine that has been unforgettable since time immemorial is produced in the vineyards on the hills of Nugola. The soil in the area, typically sandy, is particularly suited to this type of production. There you find Sangiovese and Trebbiano vines to which Syrah, Merlot and Vermentino are mixed. The area is undergoing a renaissance; in fact the big names in wine production are now being seen alongside the traditional producers.
Montescudaio: the River Cecina has an influence over the whole valley, giving a particular freshness and a unique aroma to the wines in the area. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot vines are cultivated on the hills. Many producers in this area have received several awards, also at international level, for the elegant reds and excellent whites.
Bolgheri: vast fields of vines flank the road lined by centuries-old cypresses, which is also mentioned by Carducci in his poems. The area is the absolute star of modern Italian winemaking, the home of one of the best Tuscan wines: the Sassicaia. It was born in the 1970s from the experiment of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties; approximately 1140 hectares are devoted to it.
Isle of Elba: some of the best Italian “passiti” are produced in the area. The “Aleatico” is one of the few wines that can be well matched to chocolate; the Muscat is the most popular, but the whites, from the “Vermentino” to the “Procanico”, are also very much appreciated. The vines, cultivated throughout the island and especially on the high ground which disappears into the sea, create that splendid view characteristic of Elba.
Val di Cornia: the mineral conformation of the area largely reflects that of Elba; this is also reflected in the high quality of the wine. Wines with a robust character and a deep austere-looking red colour are produced. Near the locality of Suvereto, the production of Notri and San Lorenzo is famous. Another excellent product of the area is the extra-virgin oil.