A summer rich in ecology, sport, art, culture and cinema
by Vittorio Rossi
This very summer Val delle Rose doubled last year’s success with “Val delle Rose presents” the programme which the Cecchi family proposes, made up of a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing the estate and involving themes different from the strictly enological ones. Located in an area full of stunning and wild landscapes, of archeological excavations and thermal baths, Val delle Rose Estate in Maremma is the ideal place to enjoy the treasures of its land. “Trekking in vigna” was born from the owners’ desire to make visitors enjoy all the beauty the estate offers and it involves three different itineraries of various difficulties and lengths. Each variant bears the same name of the vineyard the guests cross. There is Morellino, Litorale and Poggio Leone. Each itinerary has a refreshment point with tables and benches from where to enjoy wonderful views. This hiking novelty was included in one of the packets for visiting the enterprise and its over 100 hectares of vineyards with guided tastings of the wines matched with typical products of the area. Together with these two activities it was possible to have an artistic experience thanks to a series of appointments organized with national and international musicians. A new mood, therefore, targeted not only at viticulture but also hospitality. With a predefined programme adequately advertised in June we saw Quintetto Cavalieri who proposed a reinterpretation of film soundtracks and exclusive jazz. In July, Morellino Classica Festival presented a jazz quartet headed by the famous saxophonist Tim Garaland while in August, for the first time, the Accademia Chigiana left Siena reaching Maremma with four percussionists who created evocative modern harmonies with their vibraphones. Rounding off the programme this September was Orchestrina Maccheroni Swing with a repertoire of Italian and international songs of a retro flavor. Crowning all this was the projection of a film selected by Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival. Val delle Rose, in Poggio alla Mozza, in the province of Grosseto was bought by Luigi Cecchi in1996. Then it had 25 hectares of vineyards which have increased to more than 100 over the years. Amongst the new vineyards there are various selections of Sangiovese together with some hectares of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Colorino and an ever more important area of Vermentino. The main wine is Morellino di Scansano DOCG produced as vintages and reserves even if the family has put notable emphasis on the production of Litorale, a Vermentino of Maremma. Today, the cellar is made up of 4,000 sq.m. of productive area and 2,000sq.m. dedicated to hospitality.