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The historic vineyards of Ghiaccio Forte lie on the slopes of Monte Aquilaia, along the banks of the Albegna River in southern Scansano, a sub-zone of Tuscany’s Maremma region. The estate comprises just 20 hectares of vine, 12 of which are found in Morellino di Scansano, neighbouring the remains of an ancient Etruscan city after which the Ghiacco Forte winery is named. Such ancestry provides Ghiaccio Forte with both a unique geographic and geological foundation, and a tradition of winemaking that harks back to around 500BC.

Ghiaccio Forte product just two wines, our favourite of which is the Morellino di Scansano. Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese, which contributes to particularly bright wines in Scansano – it tends to be blended in part with international varieties which, thanks to Maremma’s climate and history of international transportation and trade, produce superb wines – including Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The climate in Maremma is dry and bright, with the nearby Mediterranean Sea providing a surface from which to reflect an abundance of sunshine, and providing breezes that sweep away fog and frost, facilitating Ghiaccio Forte’s organic farming techniques (they are hoping to be officially certified by 2023). Benefitting from both the Mediterranean and the nearby Monte Amiata, Scansano’s climate enjoys a harmonious union of warm sunshine and cooling breezes from both sea and mountain. As a result, we consider it one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets – wild, untouched and producing intense and well-balanced wines that offer outstanding value, without sacrificing their Tuscan character.

The Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano comprises at least 85% Morellino – its generous, elegant and a secret we’re excited to share with you.

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