Monteverro, wine just like the Maremma itself

Monteverro is located at the southern edge of Tuscany, at the foot of the medieval town of Capalbio. The landscape here is unspoiled and filled with Mediterranean flavors. As a result of uncompromising work by hand and careful selection in the vineyard, as well as precision and lengthy aging in the winery, at Monteverro they assist every grape variety, every individual vineyard, and every vintage in achieving their best possible expression.



The name is derived from the Latin mare meaning ‘‘sea’’. It designates a narrow strip along the Tuscan coast that stretches from Livorno through the entire district of Grosseto as far as the border with the province of Latium. As in Medoc, the most famous winegrowing region of the Bordelais, the lowlands of the Maremma used to be marshy to a large extent. Only in the 1930s was it possible to drain them. That is the reason that the winemaking tradition is still comparatively young here. Genuine quality only came into existence here in the 1970s with the famous Sassicaia.
In the hinterlands of the coast, which in part has still been left in its natural state, green hills gently rise up out of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with vineyards and olive groves alternating with the typical Mediterranean scrub and an evergreen coppice in which lavender, broom, myrtle, rockrose, rosemary, thyme, and many other shrubs and herbs thrive.
Winegrowing in this unspoiled region profits from long summers with constantly high temperatures, and from the climate that is moderated by its proximity to the sea, characterized by cool nights and gentle winds. The grapes ripen earlier and more evenly than in the central hilly landscapes of Tuscany.
The mineral-rich terroir of Monteverro is ideal for the cultivation of grapevines. Along the path, which leads above the vineyards to a scenic overlook, an ancient natural stone wall runs, around a foot and a half high, overgrown with Mediterranean scrub the conspicuously red earth with its deposits of rock can be examined here.

Today, Monteverro extends over around sixty hectares (150 acres) that gently climb from thirty to sixty meters (one hundred to two hundred feet) above sea level. The Tyrrhenian Sea is visible from the vineyards it is only five kilometers (three miles) away. To the west, the impressive silhouette of Monte Argentario looms on the horizon. To the southeast, justaround six miles away, lies the border with Latium. Above the winery is the town of Capalbio with its perfectly maintained medieval town center around the twelfth century San Nicola church. Even the old name Monteverro refers to the natural setting of the location: verro is the Italian word for ‘‘boar’’, a reference to the fact that the Mediterranean scrub around Capalbio is home to many wild boar.
©Michael Nager
©Michael Nager