Like much of Tuscany, the Maremma is renowned for its incredible wines.
Year after year its fertile terrain, cool climate and centuries of wine culture reassert themselves to produce full-bodied reds and whites like liquid honey.
It's all very poetic, but it's the truth.
The Maremmani make wines that you won't find elsewhere. Not variations of famous Italian wines, but wines that bear the characteristics of the region - its unassuming beauty, its passion and its integrity.
In the past, the Etruscans, who learnt viticulture from the Greeks, grew foreign vines and made them into Maremman wine. Now wine makers in the region define themselves by the pureness of the local vines they use.
Maremmani reds are simply unforgettable and, if you're not careful, can steal the show from even the most luxurious meal, while the whites of the region are far subtler, bringing out the best in seafood and sweet treats.
I'm lucky enough to be friends with a brilliant local sommelier. Valentina has kindly put together a list of the best Maremman wines for us.
You haven't lived until you've tasted these wines, trust me. As well describing the characteristics and origins of each wine, Valentina has also shared her expert wine pairing tips, so you can have perfect Maremman wine for every meal.
The Maremmani love to indulge in a good drink, but even those who don't, understand the pride of place that wine has in their culture.
It's not the old stereotype of the Italian who overindulges in too much red. Winemaking is a part of the Maremman spirit. An extension of themselves and a product that symbolises their heritage and the land they love so much.
To share this almost indescribable sensation with the world, the Maremmani organise wine trails and wine festivals.
The wine trails are a road map for self-confessed foodies. They direct you to the best vineyards, the beautiful farms, the finest local products and the cities that are defined by their culinary history.
The festivals are simply an incredible experience. A celebration of good food, great wine and even better company.
Cinigiano – October
Cingiano’s locals love their wine so much they’ve dedicated an entire festival to it. Of course, if I made a wine as incredible as the one found in this region, I’d want to celebrate it too!
Magliano in Toscana – August
In its 11th year, Vinellando is three days of wine and festivities. Don’t despair if you’re underage or not a drinker, the event is plenty of fun anyway with games, music and street artists.