The evolution of Maremma

Michèle Shah explores Maremma in Tuscany, one of Italy’s most promising wine regions.

Vineyards in Cala Grande, Monte Argentario
Vineyards in Cala Grande, Monte Argentario

Maremma, once the heart of the Etruscan empire, was once considered Italy’s wild frontier. After the fall of the Roman empire, it was abandoned to bandits and mosquitoes, and people gave it a wide birth, even after its marshland was drained in the 1930s. 

In the 1990s, however, winemaking pioneers moved in – and today, Maremma is one of Italy’s most promising regions.

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