Discovering Southern Maremma: Following the gastronomic itinerary La strada del vino e dei sapori Colli di Maremma
Dedicated to all lovers of good food and connoisseurs of quality wine, this distinctive enogastronomic itinerary stretches across southern Tuscany, from Capalbio to the heart of the Maremma area. It is a good way to get to know the traditional Tuscan cuisine while exploring the thirteen municipal districts and 4 areas where excellent D.O.C. wine is produced and not only that. As a matter of fact, in the southern Maremma area, excellent quality products like olive oil, cured meats and honey are much appreciated.
You will thus get to know the surroundings of Capalbio, a beautiful village that has been able to keep its identity intact, and also the villages of Magliano, Manciano, Scansano, Orbetello and Monte Argentario.
The tourist who spends their holiday in Capalbio, will have the chance to immerse themselves in the history, culture and traditions that this area offers, that is still in some ways wild and untouched. They can also admire the luxuriant nature that reverberates through the green hills and crystal clear sea.
Starting in Capalbio, to explore the wine and foods of the hills of Maremma.
The suggested itinerary is part of the official well known “Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma” a route designed to allow you to explore and taste the wines & foods of this area in the hills of Maremma. This has proved to be popular with fans of the two wheel means of transport, such as on a bicycle or a roaring motorcycle, although it is also possible to travel on the back of a horse or, even on foot. This route is a fantastic way to explore many picturesque villages and historical sites that are in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the locals.
As we have mentioned, the areas where the Hills of Maremma wine is produced and which have received the prestigious D.O.C. award, deserve to be included in this itinerary. So we are talking about Scansano, where the Morellino wine is made, Pitigliano that produces its famous white wine, and the Costa dell’ Argentario where the Ansonica and the Parrina wines originate from.
Obviously, you can participate in winery tours at the local wine producers, where you can taste their wines, or alternatively, in other places which offer wine tastings such as wine shops, wine bars, and farms. It is not uncommon for the wine producers to take tourists to visit their vineyards, even explaining the techniques and the making of the wine, and how a simple grape transforms itself into wine.
To include such an interesting excursion among the events of Capalbio, is an extra incentive which will make the holiday undoubtedly more stimulating precisely by virtue of an expansion of your food and wine experiences.
Amongst the V.I.P.s in Capalbio and the good food of the Maremma
The traditions of the area have always been linked to the farming culture, that has been handed down from generation to generation. From Capalbio to Monte Argentario passing through Orbetello, Magliano, Grosseto, Scansano and Sorano, good food and wine finds its own habitat. It is sufficient to remember the olive groves that are a fundamental part of the panorama of the Maremma or the vineyards where an excellent D.O.C. Hills of the Maremma wine is made.
From the beans grown in Sorano to the locally produced saffron, the honey and the local fresh fish from the lagoon of Orbetello, not forgetting the local beef, all these home grown products are of excellent quality. They can be tasted in a land full of wonderful scenery, starting from the hills that unwind into the valleys, including Scansano, Magliano, Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Semproniano and Capalbio. This is where, while you are walking through the villages where time seems to have stood still, it is possible to try the dishes steeped in ancient Maremma traditions and other local specialities, such as the Tuscan Pecorino D.O.P. cheese, the Marruca honey, the extra virgin Tuscan D.O.P. olive oil and the wines that are locally produced.
Nature is an added benefit, and if you can visit the “Parco dell’Uccellina” you can enjoy watching the “butteri”, Italian cowboys who work with the local Maremma cattle or you could discover the horses that run freely in the wild.
With regards to the specialities with which to satisfy your appetite, there are so many choices for all tastes, starting from the “bottarga” from Orbetello, the local pale prawn from Porto Santo Stefano, the “bistecca alla Fiorentina” and finishing with the “cinghiale alla cacciatora”, a wild boar stew.
Last but not least, you can go to the “Museo della vite e del Vino”, dedicated to wine and vines, and the archaeological museum in Scansano where your culture will be enriched. Otherwise, you could visit the Spanish fortress of Porto Santo Stefano or immerse yourself in the wild untamed nature at the “Parco dell’Uccellina” in Alberese.
Your Stay /holidays at Residence Hotel Valle del Buttero
Whoever wishes to fully experience all the activities in Capalbio, would do well to plan their stay in a comfortable structure based in Capalbio, such as the Residence Hotel Valle del Buttero, where you can choose between the classic hotel room, the suite, or one of the two-room apartments. They are all equipped with every comfort: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, SKY TV and a prestigious set of high quality toiletries, that are made with extra virgin olive oil. For all the more athletic guests, the hotel offers a TECHNOGYM fitness area, while outside there is a spectacular swimming pool with jacuzzi, surrounded by greenery.
The Residence Hotel Valle del Buttero, allows all of their guests to start their day full of energy, all thanks to the breakfast where in addition to the usual hot drinks, they can find a buffet full of local maremma specialities such as fresh and mature cheeses, cold cuts, and homemade cakes that are made following the traditional recipes from the local area.
This way, they will feel fully energized and ready to go on this excursion to discover the wine and foods of the hills of Maremma, that will allow them to explore the hidden virtues of the good food that comes from these parts.