Etruscan Riviera, Italy: Six of the best wineries to visit

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☆Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri
Close to the sea, with great views. Mainly reds: Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore is the definitive style, while the Giorgio Bartholomauss Merlot shows the area’s remarkable vocation for this variety.

☆Gualdo del Re, Suvereto
Nico Rossi and Maria Teresa Cabella run their 45ha with enthusiasm and dedication. Their 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Federico Primo, was the first wine to draw people’s attention, while the intense l’Rennero Merlot is superb.

☆La Bulichella, Suvereto
A pioneer of organic production in Suvereto, this 36ha estate was instrumental in achieving DOCG recognition for the region. There’s an outstanding Syrah, Hide, and a tiny production of Aleatico (hungry wild boars permitting).

☆Petra, Suvereto
Swiss architect Mario Botta designed this winery, which rises from Val di Cornia towards the metalliferous hills. The owners have done extensive clonal research and the results are admirable. Look out for Petra, a Merlot-Cabernet, and Quercegobbe, a pure Merlot.

☆Poggiorosso, Val di Cornia-Populonia

A beautifully tended estate near the Baratti-Populonia archaeological park. The Veive Viognier has fine depth and concentration given the youth of the vines.

☆San Giusto di Bonti, Val di Cornia-Piombino
A century-old property with steep vineyards and sea views. Try the Sangiovese and an excellent Vermentino, which is part barriqueaged.
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