WINE TRAVEL IN TUSCANY: WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT MAREMMA by Katie Kelly Bell

Driving into Maremma in a jet-lagged stupor I am jarred into wakefulness as I witness a falcon struggling to gain altitude with a still-writhing snake in her talons. It’s all a bit ‘wild kingdom’ for 10 am on a Tuesday, but a fitting beginning for my first visit to this lesser-known deep southern edge of Tuscany. Historically, Maremma was known as a coastal wilderness boasting a high incidence of malaria, not winemaking. Not so today, where, in the northern reaches of Maremma, Italy’s winemaking royalty (Antinori and Frescobaldi among others) cultivate and produce internationally acclaimed Bordeaux blends.

 

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