Sharing owners in common with our Chianti producer Tenuta di Capraia, the Spiaggiole comes from
20 hectares of prime coastal siliceous clay soils which are rather gravelly, shallow and arid; great
conditions for bright, fresh Sangiovese for short to midterm cellaring.
Morellino di Scansano DOCG is an Italian red wine made in the hilly environs of the village of
Scansano (GR), in the Maremma, which includes a part of the coast of southern Tuscany which has
an ancient but obscure tradition of winemaking. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape
varietal. Many people think that the name Morellino comes from “Morello” (brown), the colour of
Maremmano horses. The name may also come from the Morello cherry, an almost inky red cherry
with great tartness and acidity. The wine, which was granted DOC status in 1978, and upgraded to
DOCG status from 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
0–15% can comprise any non aromatic black grape varieties included in a list made and periodically
updated by the Regione Toscana (Tuscany) local authorities.
“Morellino di Scansano, the quintessential wine of the Maremma, is now the Tuscan wine of choice
in the chicest enoteche (wine bars) of Rome. I’ve loved morellino since I first came across it, tasting
samples with my wine merchant father, nearly 20 years ago, when it was fairly new on the wine map.”
– Harry Eyres, The Telegraph London.