A tour of the wineries in and around Castiglione della Pescaia

A tour of the wineries in and around Castiglione della Pescaia

Nature, medieval villages and a long tradition of vineyards and wine-making. Tuscany is an absolute must for all good wine lovers. The area around Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala is recognised for its good food and especially for the great wines you can taste on a guided tour around the wine cellars. Some wineries also offer other activities, such as a picnic amidst the grapevines or a themed lunch or dinner, or the chance to stay overnight to enjoy the scents and colours of this land.
An increasing number of people are choosing to spend at least a couple of days to discover their outstanding qualities. There are numerous companies in the area from the largest to tiny, family-run businesses. Some offer top quality products against a background of architectural beauty. Here are two of the many you can find near Castiglione della Pescaia and Punto Ala. The area is packed with other wineries for you to discover. So raise a glass and enjoy your visit!

Fattoria Le Mortelle: the winery belonging to the Antinori family

This winery lies in the the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, just a few miles from Castiglione della Pescaia. The Antinori family has lived here for generations. It has been improving its vineyards and working on its new wine cellar since 1999, convinced that this as yet embryonic area on the Italian viticulture scene promises to produce some superb quality wines. 

Le Mortelle winery lies at the top of a gentle slope, in which it is partially embedded to minimise its environmental impact. At its centre is a large, steel, spiral staircase that links the various wine production levels and provides daylight in order to maximise environmental sustainability.

Web site Le Mortelle https://www.antinori.it/en/tenuta/estates-italy/le-mortelle-estate/

Rocca di Frassinello: the winery designed by Renzo Piano

From afar, you can glimpse a slender, red tower, which goes on to reveal a rectangular building. The Rocca di Frassinello project was inspired by a simple idea: to replicate the excellent model of Castellare di Castellina in a new area. Behind the joint venture between Paolo Panerai, journalist and editor, and Eric de Rothschild Lafite, owner of the homonymous winery, was Renzo Piano's project: to construct a sort of Tuscan village with its mediaeval fortress, tower and town walls.
The "heart" of the wine cellar is the barrel room, an architectural and engineering masterpiece dug into the rock. This space is a sort of underground arena, where they also hold events. Lastly, this winery is not just about the wine. It also houses an Etruscan museum with finds from the necropolis on the estate. A "bridge" between past and future. 

Web site Rocca di Frassinello >  https://www.castellare.it/en/rocca-di-frassinello/

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