Located in the heart of southern Tuscany, the Maremma region extends on the west coast of Italy from the mouths of the Bruna and the Ombrone rivers over the rolling hills of the Uccellina mountains to Orbetello at the Monte Argentario . Formerly an inhospitable swampland and feared in the Middle Ages because of the rampant malaria. Folk songs and even the poet Dante Alighieri in his Divina Commedia tell of the loss of loved ones who had lost the battle against the recurring fever
From Roman sources it is known that the Etruscans who settled in the hills, were able to drain the landscape by means of an artfully arranged channel system and thereby make cultivation possible. The Knowledge of this technology has been lost, however, and so the region transformed already during the Roman empire back to a warm, humid and untamed landscape . Once major cities perished and fell into oblivion and nature was left to itself for centuries .
In the 18th and 19th century, a drainage program was initiated by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. It included the creation of modern drainage canals and planting vast pine forests . Today, the Maremma region is a landscape that has lost its deterrent image and with its natural beauty invites you to linger .
A piece of wilderness has been preserved in the 1975 founded Parco Naturale della Maremma. On idyllic, almost magically enchanted paths, lead through old pine forests to pristine sandy beaches. The ruins, located on top of the parks’s hills offer majestic views over the treetops to the pine forest and the nearby sea. Many species of songbirds and bird of prey have found a refuge, foxes look out fro prey and wild boars pass through the undergrowth .
But the Maremma region has more to offer than the beauty of the Mediterranean wilderness. Traces of past cultures can still be found on many settlements around the historically significant cities. The Region promotes agritourism, a friendly and nature-based tourism, that supports characteristic accommodations, typical regional cuisine and traditions of the Maremma region. Mass tourism with all its negative effects does not exist here. Since the mid-1990s, the Maremma region began to rise to one of the most important wine regions of Italy. In particular, the appellation of Morellino di Scansano was able to step out from under the shadow of larger role models such as Brunello di Montalcino or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and was able to make a name for itself, a name that stands for quality and regional authenticity.
It is this region where the wines of Poggio Nibbiale come from. The vines grow on the wavy landscape overlooking the sea; a sparse landscape where the red kite, the emblem of Poggio Nibbiale, hunts and raises his young.