Today we present a documentary on Morellino di Scansano, titled Morellino di Scansano, un vino dalle antiche radici. In the first part, the history of our area is presented, starting with the Etruscans who were the first to tend the vineyards and produce wines in our area – and they even exported wine to France! – then the Romans, the middle ages and the modern era, including the episode when Vannuccini first supported the idea of the birth of a cooperative that would enhance the quality of the wine produced in our lands. In the first part, the ArcheoVino project is also presented: it involves the creation of an experimental vineyard close to the archeological site of Ghiaccio Forte and the training of vines following Etruscan and Ancient Roman techniques. The second part of the documentary is focused on Morellino di Scansano the way we know it today. From the birth of the cooperative to that of the denomination up to the very production of this wine, with beautiful images shot by Video Grafica 01 in Grosseto during harvest time. The scenery was in fact offered by some of our very own members (Marco Capiti, Alessandro Fiorini, Elio Ginesi, Nello Limbetti, Agostino Rossi, Guido Tonini), while the footage of the vinification and maturation process of Morellino di Scansano was recorded in our winery. The documentary was created by Scansano’s township in collaboration with Museo Archeologico e della Vite e del Vino di Scansano, Università degli Studi di Siena, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana and Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano. Footage and editing by Video Grafica 01 in Grosseto, text by Slawka G. Scarso. Enjoy! [su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1TfTIGhxWk” width=”640″ height=”480″]http://vignaiolidiscansano.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Schermata-2015-10-12-alle-22.10.14-1.pngSchermata-2015-10-12-alle-22.10.14.png/home/vignaioli/public_html/wp-content/uploads/Schermata-2015-10-12-alle-22.10.14.png2003|2004Schermata 2015-10-12 alle 22.10.14
Maremma is beautiful all year round. Perhaps it’s because it is scarcely urbanized, perhaps it’s because the territory is varied, and offers sea, hills and mountains too, with the Amiata. So even in the autumn it is worth organising a trip to Grosseto’s Maremma, even if only for a weekend (there are low cost companies flying to Pisa), to appreciate its nature, its culture and flavours. So here’s a list of things you can do in the autumn in Maremma:
- Swim at Saturnia thermal site – the hot season is over, swims in the sea are just a memory now, but in Saturnia’s therms you can dip into hot water (from 37 to 45°C) all year round. This is thanks to the volcanic territory of Mount Amiata – did you know it’s a volcano? In Saturnia there’s a spa resort but there’s also an open access spring called Cascata del Mulino.
- Birdwatching in the parks and natural reserves of Maremma. In this area and season, you can see many migratory birds, both those that are passing by in the autumn, and those that come here for the winter season. Among these you can fined wood pigeons, mockingbirds, woodcocks, winter wrens, robins, chaffinches. There are many itineraries and ways to visit Parco della Maremma and the WWF Laguna di Orbetello Oasis.
- Riding horses or bikes – if on top of nature you also like sports (so that then you can enjoy a plateful of tortelli maremmani or pappardelle without any pointless qualms) then you can visit Parco della Maremma also riding a bike or a horse – you can rent them on location.
- Food festivals dedicated to seasonal products -Autumn in Maremma is the season of lovely products such as chestnuts and mushrooms, a cuisine that is rich and full of aroma and is of comfort against the first cold days. So to celebrate these products, every village organises some festival. We’ve written about the October ones here, and in the next few days we’ll publish the list for November.
- Tasting bruschetta with the new oil – our land is scattered with olive groves just as much as with vineyards. And in these weeks olives reach the moment when they start to change their colour, the best moment for picking. After leaving the oil to rest a little… it is ready to be enjoyed, better if on a bruschetta made with local bread.
- Admiring nature’s warm colours … – the colour palette offered by nature in the autumn is enchanting, what with all the shades of red, gold and yellow. So walking outdoors or even driving from one village to the other, it’s a good idea to stop and take a few pictures but most of all, enjoy the beautiful colours of this season.
- … but also the red skies at sunset, looking at the sea! – and if towards the end of the day you still haven’t had enough of warm colours, try looking at the sea from our hills: you’ll see the sea diving into the sea, painting the sky in red. And when the sky is clear, and perhaps there’s a little wind, you can see as far as the islands of Elba and Corsica too.
- A dish of pappardelle with wild boar meat sauce or mushrooms – and should you find the right food festival for you, you can always visit a local trattoria and try some delicious pappardelle with wild boar meat sauce. A dish that with the autumn cool becomes even more delicious. And of course it must be paired with some Morellino di Scansano!
- A visit to a winery – Carducci, not far away from here, wrote a poem about the must fermenting on Saint Martin’s. As a tribute to him, and even more so to Morellino di Scansano, why not organise a nice visit to a winery? Wines from the latest harvest aren’t ready yet – but see #10 – but visiting a winery in this season, knowing new wines are getting ready for their debut, is special.
- Tasting Novello – Novello is out at the end of October, and it is the very first wine from the harvest that has just ended to be out. It is a young, fresh and lively wine, a perfect pairing with chestnuts, in front of the fireplace.
A new month has started, so here’s the monthly post with all the events to take place in November in Maremma , especially in the production are of Morellino di Scansano (or close by, in any case) offering a good excuse to visit our territory in the coming weeks. The post will be added during the month, should any new event come up, so return to this page in the following days. And if you have any event to recommend, leave a comment, we’ll be happy to added it.
(for those who want to taste the flavours of our territory)
- Santa Fiora, 6-8th November – Sagra del marrone, food stands, dedicated to chestnuts (marroni), markets and visit to the spring gallery.
- Semproniano (loc. Petricci) – 14-15th November – Prodotti Poveri per Ricchi Sapori, itinerating lunches and dinners in the old pantries, folk music and songs. On Saturday from 5 pm to midnight and Sunday from noon to midnight (plus there’s a carriage ride at 10 am).
- Manciano (loc. Marsiliana) – 14-15th November, Festa dell’olio nuovo, celebrating the new olive oil with tastings, bruschetta and chestnuts with Maremma folk songs in the background; info via email here.
(for those who love the outdoors)
- Orbetello – 15th November – Corri nella Riserva – a 10 km run in the Feniglia Natural Reserve. More info on the Trisport Argentario website
- Semproniano (loc. Petricci) – 15th November – Gustatrekking a walk on the tracks between the local villages, organised by Terra Mare. Bring your own packet lunch but you’ll also taste typical local products – the walk ends at Prodotti poveri per ricchi sapori (see above). Info here.
- Sovana and Pitigliano – 15th November – Vie Cave a walk through the Vie Cave between Pitigliano and Sovana. Info here.
- Scansano – 22nd November – Villa Romana degli Anili, a visit to the Roman Villa of the Anili, organised by Uisp Grosseto. Medium difficulty, meeting point at 8:45 in via Ravel in Grosseto, info via email here.
(for rainy days, though not necessarily)
- Grosseto – until 31st December – Uomini e Elefanti nella Maremma Preistorica an exhibition dedicated to men and elephants (mammuths inside Complesso del Cassero Senese in Grosseto presenting the story and the essential steps of the finding and restoring of paleontological remains, with a multidisciplinary, narrative approach. Open on Saturdays from 5 pm till 8 pm. Tickets are 3 euros, entrance is free for children under 6 years old.
- Grosseto – until 31st December, Paesaggio e risorse alimentari in Maremma nell’epoca moderna – a documentary exhibition on the landscapes and food resources of Maremma in modern times at Archivio di Stato.
Facebook from Morellino di Scansano enthusiasts who as us where they can find our wines. Very often they have visited our winery, perhaps when on holiday in Maremma, and, after some time they have returned home, they have finished their provisions of Morellino. With them in mind, we have created a special online shop, entirely dedicated to our wines, through which it is possible to buy Morellino di Scansano, Bianco di Pitigliano, Maremma Toscana Doc and the rest of our range with similar conditions to those applied in our winery’s shop. Shipping takes place directly from our winery, via SDA, and shipping costs are free for orders of 200 euros and more. Payment can be made with credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD) or Paypal. In the website you will also find information on terms and conditions and shipping methods. Due to current regulations, we can only ship wine to Italy but our goal is to find a solution to be able to satisfy the needs Morellino di Scansano lovers (and those who love our other wines too, of course), who live abroad.We often receive emails or messages on