The Consortium Protection of wines from the Tuscan Maremma today, after a 4 year process, it has finally come to obtain the modification of the disciplinary for the Doc Maremma Toscana, approved by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies through the National Wine Committee. In this way, the completion of the transition from the existing IGT to DOC is facilitated, the Denomination is adapted to the new market needs to increase its commercial outlets, while consolidating the current growth trends while emphasizing the qualitative aspect of production.

Francesco Mazzei, president of the Consortium for the Protection of Wines of the Tuscan Maremma, underlines the strategic importance of this modification which “will allow the Denomination to grow and expand its range of action by presenting itself on the markets with an even wider and more articulated proposal that will reach new points quality".

"The process for the ministerial approval of this modification has almost come to an end - now we will have to wait for the technical time from the publication of the modification in the Official Gazette - and it was a long and delicate path, but thanks to the determination of the Consortium and the synergy of the institutions we have managed to reach this goal which opens up new interesting perspectives ”, concludes Mazzei.

The Director of the Consortium, Luca pollini explains that "the most significant changes to the production regulations of the Maremma Toscana DOC contained in the proposal presented by us almost 4 years ago concern, first of all, the new formulation of the ampelographic base". In particular, for the production of the Rosso type for which Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Syrah and Ciliegiolo can be used alone or together and for a minimum of 60%. While for the production of the White type, alongside Vermentino and Tuscan Trebbiano, it will also be possible to use Viognier alone or together with the other two varieties, for at least 60%.

"With a view to raising the quality level of the proposal, the Mention Riserva was also included for both the White type - aging not less than 12 months - and for the Red - in this case with compulsory aging of two years, of which at least 6 months in wooden containers - “, adds Pollini. To further underline the value of the product, specific prescriptions for viticulture have been added - increasing the minimum density of vines per hectare and prohibiting marquee-type farming systems, which are not considered suitable for the production of quality grapes.

To pursue an ever better enhancement of the Denomination, the possibility of producing the varietal types remains unchanged, among which Vermentino - in strong growth - and Cabernet franc, Petit Verdot and Pugnitello have also been included. Furthermore, the first case in Tuscany for DOP wines, there is now the possibility of using on the label the indication of two varieties (Bivarietal types), in great demand especially on foreign markets.

It was a long and complex job that also had to deal with the change in community rules, which took place at the beginning of 2019, against which the Consortium had to "unpack" the required changes. The next step will be the request for bottling in the production area - a modification for which the decision of the European Commission is expected - with the commitment to present it at the time of the conclusion of the procedure referred to the ordinary modifications.

The Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana was born in 2014 after the conferral of the DOC with the aim of promoting the quality of its wines and guaranteeing compliance with the production rules provided for by the specification, also dedicating itself to the protection of the brand and assistance to shareholders on the regulations governing the sector. Today the Consortium has 279 member companies, of which 91 "vertical" companies - which make their own grapes and bottle their wines - for a total of almost 6 million bottles produced per year. The Consortium operates in the entire province of Grosseto, a vast area in southern Tuscany that extends from the slopes of Monte Amiata and reaches the Maremma coast and the Argentario up to the island of Giglio. The DOC Maremma Toscana is in 3rd place, for claimed vineyard area, among the Tuscan PDOs, behind only Chianti and Chianti Classico. Uncontaminated territory, sustainability and a wide range of products are the pluses of the Denomination which is still young and has a very important growth potential also in terms of volumes. To date, the focus is therefore generally on objectives of quantitative and qualitative growth of the product.