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Rocca di Frassinello winery: Renzo Piano’s masterpiece

Top of the range wines, colourful landscapes and throwbacks to the past all in a single experience discovering this winery masterpiece. A visit to the Cantina Rocca di Frassinello means…

Top of the range wines, colourful landscapes and throwbacks to the past all in a single experience discovering this winery masterpiece.

A visit to the Cantina Rocca di Frassinello means abandoning the usual concept of a wine-tasting tour and accessing a more artistic and historical dimension in a full-bodied experience.
The structure, designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, is immersed in almost 90 hectares of splendid vineyards and is without a doubt one of the most beautiful artistic wineries in Maremma and Tuscany.

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Located on one of the highest hills in Gavorrano, Rocca di Frassinello dominates the surrounding vineyards as fare as the eye can see, all the way to a glimpse of the sea on the horizon. Wine lovers are treated to a preview of genuine Tuscan flavours with the colours of the vines, and nature opens its arms to you as you sit outside and taste her fruits.

Wine lovers will be keen to enter the wide range of varieties produced in the winery: among the famous Italian grapes cultivated here the Sangiovese and Vermentino are worth a mention as well as some very unique and famous French grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.

Vista sulla struttura di Renzo Piano e sulle vigne.

Vista sulla struttura di Renzo Piano e sulle vigne.

Lovers of art and architecture, on the other hand, will find themselves admiring this creation by Renzo Piano, Italy’s top architect.

The idea behind the winery is that of a true monumental work of art, but its main attraction is the main hall: the beating heart of the production where they keep the barriques of wine at rest. The Barricaia – as it is known – is an underground room below a large, column-less ceiling; its large steps around the walls give visitors the impression of having walked into a beautiful auditorium or the ancient amphitheatres of classic tradition, and conceal tables that can be pulled out and set for enjoyable and unique samplings.

Another peculiarity is the internal frame of the hall, which allows the most curious visitors to witness all the phases and functions of the winery’s production cycle

Una sala dove degustare un ottimo vino, in un'atmosfera magica.

Una sala dove degustare un ottimo vino, in un’atmosfera magica.

But the Rocca di Frassinello is also home to some wonderful historical pieces: we find ourselves in the middle of an exhibition, a small museum containing valuable archaeological findings discovered over the years in the neighbouring Etruscan site.
Visitors can discover the remains of the ancient Etruscan necropolis in an exhibition set up by architect Italo Rota, designer of the Wine Pavilion at Expo and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

This artistic winery has expertly blended the already wonderful strong points of the territory in a single immersive experience: an occasion that lovers of good wine, art and archaeology simply cannot afford to miss.

Open daily with the following timetable:

  • spring/summer from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm
  • autumn/winter from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

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Wine tasting in Tuscany: Petra, the masterpiece winery.

The perfect weekend between nature, architecture and wine-making, the Cantina Petra is one of the most famous artistic wineries in the Maremma. Protected by the magnificent Metalliferous hills in Val…

The perfect weekend between nature, architecture and wine-making, the Cantina Petra is one of the most famous artistic wineries in the Maremma.

Protected by the magnificent Metalliferous hills in Val di Cornia and enveloped in the green heart of the Maremma vines, the Tenuta Petra Winery is an unmissable destination for wine lovers.
A visit to the estate does not only mean the fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the typical Maremma countryside, but also the chance to sample the great Cantina Petra wines, enjoying a unique scenery in which architecture and nature meld together in an artistic winery designed by Mario Botta.

Una vista dall'alto della cantina

Una vista dall’alto della cantina

The estate – which includes both the architectural masterpiece as well as the wine-production business – is immersed in 300 extraordinarily beautiful hectares of vines.

Its undoubtable charm lies in how completely it is integrated with the surrounding landscape: constructed with a single main body, the rest of the winery is almost entirely dug into the hill. The vinification process is undertaken in the cylindrical structure while underground you can find the ageing tunnels, a place reserved for the barriques and, at the end of a long corridor that reaches to a massive wall of rock, the Rivadossi Altar: this is the part of the winery dedicated to meetings and reflection.

Particolare dell'interno della cantina

Particolare dell’interno della cantina

Easily recognisable from the exterior thanks to the majestic stairway that leads from the vineyards to the very top, the architectural structure guarantees a breath-taking view that visitors can enjoy in complete relaxation from the external terrace, with a view over the vineyards that stretches over the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the islands nearby.

Another hidden jewel of the winery is the two “enchanted” spots which have greatly influenced the wine-producing history of the area of Suvereto: the Princess’ Vine and Princess Elisa’s Garden. Created by commission of Elisa Bonaparte for this area of the Maremma, the ancient designs for the vineyard and the herb garden were followed to the letter: in the garden, visitors are overcome by the perfume of the herbs which seems to fill the air with a veil of magic.

La vigna di Elisa Bonaparte

La vigna di Elisa Bonaparte

The winery’s restaurant, open upon reservation, gives you the chance to sample and rediscover the flavours and aromas of Tuscan tradition, tasting local typical products together with the perfect choice of Petra wine.
Tenuta Petra and its Winery are synonymous with hospitality and discovery, and represent an unmissable experience for experts and the merely curious alike amongst the aromas, flavours and the greenery of the Maremma.

Information:

The winery is open every day from 9am to 7pm.

Telephone number:  +39 0565 845308

Email: visit@petrawine.it

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Le Mortelle winery: the elegance and tradition of wine-making in Tuscany

A first-class winery that produces wine through gravity-flow, dug into the Maremma hills just a stone’s throw from the sea of Castiglione della Pescaia. The Cantina Le Mortelle is a…

A first-class winery that produces wine through gravity-flow, dug into the Maremma hills just a stone’s throw from the sea of Castiglione della Pescaia.

The Cantina Le Mortelle is a sought-after destination for those looking to discover the elegant charm of the Tuscan vineyards of the Maremma. Between flourishing lands and a breath-taking view over the coast on the horizon, the estate is home to ancient know-how and the story of a real “wine family” that has passed down from generation to generation, located a short distance from Castiglione della Pescaia.

La cantina

La cantina

From the top of its hill, the winery dominates the entire estate and looks out towards the splendid 170 hectares of flourishing vineyard; there are plenty of things to do, including a taste of Tuscany food and wine tour where you can visit the winery and also enjoy lunch here.

The true beauty of the winery is its close relationship with the land: thanks to its partially underground cylindrical shape and its division over three levels, the structure allows for an exclusively gravity-flow productive cycle, in full respect of environmental sustainability.

Le botti all'interno della cantina

From the top of its hill, the winery dominates the entire estate and looks out towards the splendid 170 hectares of flourishing vineyard; there are plenty of things to do, including a taste of Tuscany food and wine tour where you can visit the winery and also enjoy lunch here.

The true beauty of the winery is its close relationship with the land: thanks to its partially underground cylindrical shape and its division over three levels, the structure allows for an exclusively gravity-flow productive cycle, in full respect of environmental sustainability.

Il panorama dalla cantina

Il panorama dalla cantina

Visitors are free to access each level where they can witness all the phases of wine production: from the moment the grapes arrive on the top level, to the vinification in the middle floor to the lower basement floor where the wine is aged in barrique or bottles, away from the light and safe in the very heart of the hill.

A visit to Le Mortelle is a visit of discovery of one of the most ancient wine-producing traditions on Tuscany’s wine map: a true temple to wine, from its majestic architecture to its efficient production.

Open daily with the following timetable: 

  • spring/autumn from 10am to 5pm 
  • summer from 10am to 8pm  

For more information and to book a guided visit of the Antinori winery:  

visite@lemortelle.it, +39 0564 944003  |  +39 347 4610704 

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Wine tasting Tuscany: Rocca di Montemassi

From the wine-producing company to the museum of Rural Civilisation, the Tenuta di Montemassi bears testimony to the history and ancient country traditions of the Tuscan Maremma. Hidden away in an enchanting corner…

From the wine-producing company to the museum of Rural Civilisation, the Tenuta di Montemassi bears testimony to the history and ancient country traditions of the Tuscan Maremma.

Hidden away in an enchanting corner of the Tuscan Maremma near Roccastrada in Italy and just a short distance from the famous Castello di Montemassi rises the Tenuta di Montemassi: an historical manor estate which today produces wine, overlooking the surrounding vineyards.  
Immersed in the heart of the wine-producing landscape of Italy’s Maremma between the Colline Metallifere and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the estate stretches out for 430 hectares – of these, 180 are set aside for the vines: a sight to satisfy the senses and pique the palate of wine-lovers.
 

The Cantina Rocca di Montemassi is the heart of this place. Restored to its former splendour, its vines today host native varieties of the Maremma – such as Sangiovese and Vermentino – as well as other important international grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  

All'interno è possibile effettuare una degustazione di vini

All’interno è possibile effettuare una degustazione di vini

Wandering around the estate means immersing yourself completely in the enchantment of the surrounding landscape, marked by the intense green of the olive groves and maritime pines around the lake.

A real natural oasis and pure enjoyment for the palate: at the Enoteca della Rocca di Montemassi, in fact, you can sample all the products in the wine cellar, listening to the sommelier talk and discovering all the secrets that lie behind the production of each of the wines on offer.    

Particolare della tenuta

Particolare della tenuta

Another jewel of the estate is the Museum of Rural Civilisation: a permanent exhibition of more than three thousand ancient objects (from the historical objects of wine cellars of the past, to the tools of the woodcutter, carpenter and builder) passing through the oldest and most genuine traditions of the culture and civilisation of Tuscan agriculture.  

Visitors to Maremma simply cannot miss the chance to visit this legendary Tuscan wine cellar with its glorious past.  

Il Museo della civiltà Rurale

Rocca di Montemassi: 

For information and to book a guided visit and wine tasting in the wine cellar:  

  • Telephone:  +39 0444 640160 

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