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The two pillars of wine production in Tuscany—itself a key pillar of Italy’s wine arsenal—are the Chianti area in the middle of the region and the Maremma along the Tyrrhenian Sea coast. Federico Carletti of Poliziano winery began making wine in Montepulciano, a town at the southeastern extreme of the Chianti zone that is renowned for its local version of Chianti, known as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Like many Tuscan winemakers, the Maremma called to him, and 20 years ago, Carletti answered the call by acquiring vineyard land near the sea. 

The most famous part of the Maremma is Bolgheri, in the province of Livorno halfway up the coast, where great wines have been made since the 1950s. Bolgheri is now well established, and its fame has driven prices for land—and by extension, wine—quite high. Much more land with similar climatic conditions and terroir is located on the southern Tuscan coast, however, in the province of Grosseto, and that’s the new frontier of wine innovation today. 

Poliziano invested in the Maremma Grossetana two decades ago, in the commune of Magliano only a few miles from the beaches. The vineyards are in a natural amphitheater that captures the sun while being cooled by the sea breezes. Under the Lohsa label, Poliziano makes two wines that demonstrate the strengths of the Maremma area—a traditional Sangiovese-based Morellino di Scansano and a nontraditional Cabernet Sauvignon–based Super Tuscan. 

The Lohsa Morellino di Scansano is made at the renovated Lohsa Estate, which sits atop a hill in Maremma with a striking view of the Island of Giglio and the Gulf of Argentario. This DOCG-level wine is a well-established wine made primarily from Sangiovese—which is known locally as Morellino—and is similar to Chianti or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, something Poliziano knows a lot about. Lohsa’s other wine is also red but, instead of relying on Tuscany’s traditional favorite Sangiovese, is made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon—a grape variety with an affinity for the Maremma. This wine, Mandrone, is made at the Poliziano winery in Montepulciano.

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WINERY LOCATION: Az. Agr. Poliziano, Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto province), Tuscany
WINE REGIONS: Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Maremma Toscana DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 66 acres (27 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Sangiovese (Morellino) and Cabernet Sauvignon; small amounts of Alicante, Carignano, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera, and Petit Verdot
WINE STYLES: Dry red
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 80,000 bottles (60,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1998
OWNER: Federico Carletti
WINEMAKERS: Federico Carletti

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LOHSA MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG

Morellino is the name for Sangiovese in the Maremma area of coastal Tuscany. Morellino di Scanzano is the best-known Sangiovese-based denomination in this maritime-influenced region, producing a wine that is similar to Chianti and Vino Nobile in its blend, but grown under markedly different conditions. Poliziano began its Lohsa project in the Maremma with this wine in 1998, essentially extending its Sangiovese production expertise to a new stage. Poliziano’s Morellino di Scanzano is primarily Sangiovese, combined with one of its close relatives, the ancient Ciliegiolo. 

LOHSA “MANDRONE DI LOHSA” MAREMMA TOSCANA DOC

Following the success of Poliziano’s traditional Morellino di Scanzano at its Lohsa project in the Maremma, the winery decided to create a wine in the Maremma that was an analog to its Bordeaux blend Le Stanze. The new wine was named Mandrone after a hill in the vineyard. Like Le Stanze, it is based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon. However, to give it a distinctly Mediterranean character appropriate for the Tuscan coast, Mandrone also has small but important additions of the Spanish varieties Alicante and Carignano. The result is unique and recognizable. 

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Az. Agr. Poliziano, Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto province), Tuscany

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Maremma area, Tuscany

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