The Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana (Consortium for the protection of Maremma Toscana wines) is an association of wine grape growers, winemakers and wine bottlers. It was established in 2014 to protect and promote the quality of Maremma Toscana DOC wines pursuant to the provisions set forth in the production regulations, protect the brand, and assist members with regard to applicable industry regulations.
The Consortium is committed to promoting the Maremma Toscana – in Italy and abroad – and highlighting the value and diversity of its territory from an oenological as well as a touristic, agricultural, historical and cultural standpoint, which also characterize the quality of wines offered by this area. The ever-growing number of Consortium members has now reached 304 and includes 220 grape growers (most supply grapes to co-op wineries), 1 bottler, and 83 “vertical” estate vintners – who bottle wine made from their own grapes – producing a total of 5.7 million bottles per year.
By attending international events and having a presence in Italian and foreign institutions, the Consortium strives to promote and raise awareness of the Maremma Toscana Denomination, its land of origin, the uniqueness of Maremma Toscana DOC wines, as well as the vinicultural history of this particular region, which traces back to the time of the Etruscans.
High-profile activities designed to attract crowds of Italian and foreign industry professionals, in addition to an extensive calendar of events, workshops and conventions, allow the Consorzio to showcase the diversity of Maremma and promote the best green technologies. Among the foremost events hosted by the Consortium is “Maremmachevini”, held every year in May, which introduces journalists, wine lovers and fanciers to Maremma Toscana DOC wines, and their amazing land of origin.
Maremma Toscana DOC aims to intrigue and amaze those who appreciate everything good and beautiful in this world, promote the diversity of this fascinating region and expand the horizons of Tuscan taste through the variety and quality of these premium wines.
The Maremma Toscana ranks among the top travel destinations year-long, as it attracts tourists longing to experience the green eco-friendly side and the vast array of fine products made in this region.
The multitude and variety of hospitality facilities in Maremma Toscana allows visitors to discover its wild side, or spend their days being pampered and indulging in the sweet life.
Many of the Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma member wineries also offer accommodations sure to please any type of traveler, ranging from simple, rustic farmhouses in the countryside, where nature shows its true temperament, to estates with all the amenities of luxury hotels. Many wineries go beyond the typical tour and offer special tastings that pair local wines with local foods and traditional dishes. In summer, some even host shows and concerts.
First among the many products Maremma can be proud of is the globally known and prized Tuscan DOP Pecorino, most of which is produced in this area. Its meats and meat products include boar and the locals have made a true and proper art form of transforming it into different types of cold cuts, such as salami or dry-cured hams. Wild game is indeed a food staple here, where the descendants of indigenous hunters keep the ancient practice alive.
The traditional cuisine of the area consists of simple, extremely flavorful peasant dishes, such as acquacotta, a soup made with vegetables, eggs and stale bread, Maremman tortelli, thick layers of pasta stuffed with sheep’s milk ricotta and chard, and boar cooked with olives. In terms of fish, the Lagoon of Orbetello is the source of unrivaled delicacies, such as bottarga di muggine (mullet roe) – among the Slow Food Presidia proudly claimed by the Maremma – smoked mullet and sfumata eel, meaning marinated and smoked according to ancient tradition. Among other traditional culinary gems is the Roccalbegna savory cookie, also known as the bride’s cookie, Maremman red garlic, wrinkled chickpeas, onions, Mount Amiata IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) chestnuts, and the Maremmana, a majestic and highly prized cattle breed.