Val di Cornia DOC | Region on the Etruscan Coast, or Costa degli Etruschi in the northern section of the Maremma in Tuscany. It is ‘one of several emerging denominations in the Maremma, lying to the south of Bolgheri and following closely in its wake. The DOC was created in 1990,’ (Rosemary George, 2004, p.277).

History | See the Gualdo del Re winery for some background history of this region.

Terroir | The area of production of the grapes for the production of the wines with the denomination of controlled origin “Val di Cornia” falls in the provinces of Livorno and Pisa and includes:

– in the province of Livorno: the entire administrative territory of the municipalities of Suvereto and Sassetta [a ‘pretty little village perched on the side of the hill,’ (Rosemary George, 2004, p277), and part of the administrative territory of the municipalities of Piombino, San Vincenzo, [a ‘smart seaside resort,’ (Rosemary George, 2004, p277)] and Campiglia Marittima;

– in the province of Pisa: the entire administrative territory of the municipality of Monteverdi Marittimo.

All of the above touch the valley of the river Cornia, which flows into the Mediterranean at Piombino, ‘an industrial town dominated by now defunct steelworks, and an important port, with boats leaving for the island of Elba and further afield. However it boasts an unexpectedly attractive historical centre,’ (Rosemary George, 2004, p.277).

‘Like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, with its sub-zone Suvereto, a town some 20 odd miles down the road from Bolgheri – indeed it has been hailed as the new Bolgheri – is more into things Bordelais than Tuscan,’ (Belfrage, N: 2001, p.155). Suvereto was recognized as a separate sub-zone in 2001 and is now DOCG.

Soil | The soil in Val di Cornia is more iron-rich than Montescudaio.

Aspect | Aspect is mainly south-west, hence the region gets lots of sun.

White wines

Val di Cornia DOC, Bianco | 50-100% Vermentino bianco. 0-50% Trebbiano Toscano, Ansonica, Viognier, and Malvasia Lunga, 0-15% other white grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Val di Cornia DOC, Ansonica | 85-100% Ansonica, 0-15% other white grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Val di Cornia DOC, Vermentino | 85-100% Vermentino, 0-15% other white grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Pink wines

Val di Cornia DOC Rosato | 40-100% Sangiovese. 0-60% Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot. 0-20% other red grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Red wines

Val di Cornia DOC Rosso | 100% Sangiovese wines are permitted (Belfrage, N: 2001, p.155) but ‘as in Bolgheri, Sangiovese is not very important, while the so-called international grape varieties are much more highly considered [Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah. Also Montepulciano]; barriques rather than botti are the order of the day,’ (Rosemary George, 2004, p.277). However Villa Monte Rico make a varietal Sangiovese “which reflects the ripeness and juiciness of which the grape is capable at these low altitudes,’ (Belfrage, N: 2001, p.152).

Val di Cornia DOC, Cabernet Sauvignon | 85-100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0-15% other red grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Val di Cornia DOC, Ciliegiolo | 85-100% Ciliegiolo, 0-15% other red grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Val di Cornia DOC, Merlot | 85-100% Merlot, 0-15% other red grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Val di Cornia DOC, Sangiovese | 85-100% Sangiovese, 0-15% other red grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Sweet wines

Val di Cornia DOC Passito, Aleatico

Val di Cornia DOC Passito, Ansonica | 85-100% Ansonica, 0-15% other white grapes authorised in Tuscany.

Wineries

Certified organic | Bulichella.

Others | Ambrosini Lorella. | Caccia al Piano 1868. | Giovanni Chiappini. | Jacopo Banti. | Monterufoli. | Petricci e Del Pianta. | Russo. | San Michele. | Tenuta Casa Dei. | Tenuta di Vignale. | Villa Monte Rico