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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Maremma - Wines of Cecchi

I was looking forward to returning to Maremma and the ‘Val delle Rose’ Winery owned by Cecchi. During my first visit several years previous - I was taken with its unassuming charm, approachable wines and the simple beauty of the surrounding area. Very few places in the world can compare with its splendour and tranquillity, its breathtaking landscape, picturesque coastline, delicious food and historical towns.
Geographically, the Maremma wine region located in southern Tuscany - can be divided into three parts: Maremma Laziale in the far south, bordering the region of Lazio; Maremma Grossetana, land within the province of Grosseto; and Maremma Alta, from the area around Follonica north to Bolgheri and beyond. But on a wine map, ‘Maremma’ can be taken to mean the central part, in the province of Grosseto.


Grapes used in Maremma wines include; Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Cabernet Franc, Alicante and Aleatico to name a few.
In 1996, the Cecchi family embarked on a new challenge, investing in new sites, and after careful research aimed at identifying the most suitable areas they purchased the ‘Val delle Rose’ vineyards at Poggio la Mozza, within the area of Morellino di Scansano. After a great deal of hard work, they have increased the vineyard area from 25 hectares to 90 ha with sustainable practices a key focus in everything that they do.
I had enjoyed the wines on my first visit and back then Cesare & Andrea Cecchi were planning to develop a state of the art winery and cellars on the property. Coming back to Maremma, I didn't know what to expect, as construction was still very much in its early stages. But as we bounced our way in our four-wheel drive and came closer to the site, it was clear that a grand facility was being built. I was given a very careful inspection of the site - as there was scaffolding and heavy construction all around us, but what I was saw was impressive to say the least.

After taking in the sheer size of the development and its stunning setting amongst the vineyards, we made our way back to the reception/tasting room and with Chiara we sampled the current vintages of the following wines: Litorale (Vermentino Maremma Toscana I.G.T.), Morellino Di Scansano, Morellino Di Scansano Riserva. Each wine in their own right was bright and dynamic, with enough fruit character and personality to match a wide range of cuisine and occasions. Wines from Maremma have already excited the taste buds of many wine enthusiasts and those in the know, and the quality of wines to come out of these vineyards in the future is looking very exciting - watch this space for things to only improve.


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