Montecucco DOC is a region in the Maremma in south west Tuscany. It lies directly south of Montalcino in the coastal province of Grosseto. It is separated from Montalcino in the north by the Ombrone river, and is fed by the Orcia river on its way south-west to the Mediterranean coast. Montecucco is bordered by the Morellino di Scansano DOCG and the Bianco di Pitigliano DOC in the coastal province of Grosseto in the south, by the Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC in the west, and by Tuscany’s highest mountain, Monte Amiata (an extinct volcano) to the east (Rosemary George MW: 2004), p.295). The DOC was created in 1998 and was named after the region’s most famous wine producing locality, the hill of Monte Cucco. That one of the DOC’s producers also bears the Montecucco name creates confusion and risks the image of the zone being tied to the performance of that particular estate. In 2011 Monteucco’s Sangiovese red wines were given their own Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG.

Production zone: The Montecucco DOC zone covers vineyards in the 8 communes listed below, all of which are in the province of Grosseto. See also Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG

Communes (8):  Arcidosso. | Campagnatico. | Castel del Piano. | Cinigiano. | Civitella Paganico. | Montenero.| Roccalbegna. | Seggiano.

Wine quality: In my report for the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards blind tasting competition (for which I was Tuscany Chair) I wrote ‘Montecucco’s hilly terroir overlooks its neighbour Montalcino from on high. Mountain (monte) even features in Montecucco’s name. Yet Montecucco’s red wines often taste heavy, thick and flat and as if they were grown in the wheat fields on the plain. Time for a stylistic re-think?’

Wineries

Certified Biodynamic: Campinuovi

Certified organicBasile. | Ciacci Piccolomi d’Aragona. | ColleMassari.

No certification: Ferrero. | Pian de’ Cerri. | Vasco Sassetti

Bibliography

Oz Clarke 2015, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p.174.

Rosemary George MW,. Treading Grapes (London, 2004), p.295)

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