The Maremma region stretches from southwestern Tuscany to the northern border of Lazio, and is a relatively unknown area to mass tourism. It was traditionally populated by the Butteri, cattle breeders who until recently used horses with a distinctive style of saddle. It is appropriate to say that if you were to imagine “Italian Cowboys”, this is where they would be coming from!
Once unhealthy because of its many marshes, Maremma was drained under the fascist regime and repopulated with people from other Italian regions, notably the Veneto. In recent years this portion of Tuscany has lived an enogastronomic Renaissance due to the incredibly fertile land, the abundant presence of wildlife and game, and last but not least the scarce urban development that has allowed for the maintenance of an incredible ecosystem that is now rewarding his inhabitants with absolutely incredible products, especially wines.
To celebrate this slice of Tuscany that is truly dear to my heart and my stomach I have partnered up with “Tenuta Sassoregale” to feature their newest wine with a fantastic Super-Tuscan menu that will transport you and inspire you to know more about this relatively unknown part of my region.
“Sassoregale was born in the rugged Maremma region in the heart of Tuscany. Unspoiled by the modern world, the rolling hills and dense forests of our home are as proud and as untamed as they have been for centuries. This land has served as a natural refuge for many animal species, particularly the wild boars (Cinghale) that guard the best vineyards, and to whom we honor on our label.
Tradition and culture run deep in this region, evolving slowly, and with purpose. It is the bold frontier that yields the best and most authentic expressions of Italian food and wine. This is the heritage of Sassoregale Sangiovese.
We are proud of where we come from. Our vineyards, nestled in a wild coastal region on the eastern edge of the Ombrone river and the Mediterranean sea, embody the culture of Tuscany.
Handcrafted with centuries-old methods, Sassoregale is civilized and sophisticated without ever losing that wild essence. This unmistakably old soul comes through the style, flavor and spirit of wine drinkers who know and appreciate our wine.
We are not your typical red of the past. The untamed and varied landscape of the Maremma produces diverse flavors, giving our Sangiovese a depth and personality that do not overstate its easygoing drinkability.
In the glass, its color is a bright ruby red. On the nose, the wine has hints of Morello cherries, wild berries and moderate spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with juicy tannins and a lasting, intensely elegant finish with hints of suede and earth. Sassoregale is the perfect match for a selection of great cuts of grilled meat, rustic Tuscan-style dishes, salumi and aged cheeses, and hearty roasts.
Sassoregale- Always Tasteful. Never Tamed.”