Santa Lucia Winery
Classic Italian winery with grape growing and winemaking traditions dating back to the 8th century B..C.
Located in the Maremma in Southern Tuscany, Azienda Santa Lucia dates back to 1886 when Giuseppe Scotto bought his first piece of land in San Potenziana in the town of Monte Argentario, Italy. He planted Ansonica (white) grapes, creating a vineyard that, after five generations, the Scotto family continues to cultivate today. The modern-day Azienda Santa Lucia is run by the Scotto brothers, Lorenzo and Luca, and their father, Luciano, who took control of the family business in 1980.
Since 1980, Azienda Santa Lucia has continued to grow, thanks to the Scotto family’s passion and love for wine and the Maremma region. The winery is specifically located in the heart of Parco dell’Uccellina (the Park of Maremma), which is known as the last great wilderness of Tuscany. They produce limited amounts of high quality Ansonica, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Alicante Bouschet from their ancient family vineyard.
As far as we know, this unique wine varietal is not grown in California and we are very excited for our International Wine Club members to experience it and discover this historical Italian winery!
Italian Winemaking Roots
A region responsible for producing some of the most reputable wines on the planet, Tuscany, Italy and its rich history of viticulture dates back nearly 3,000 years when the Etruscans first settled the area, bringing with them vines and the art of grape cultivation. Grape growing quickly became a central part of the Etruscans’ agriculture system, setting the tone for thousands of years to come. At one time, the Tuscan land became so covered in grapevines that the Greeks named the region ‘Enotris,’ the land of wine.
Over the years, wine and viticulture has continued to be of the utmost importance in Tuscany. During the Middle Ages, merchants began planting vineyards throughout the inland regions and Christianity made wine a sacred part of their worship. As a result, Bishops, monks and priests began planting vineyards around churches and monasteries and the Benedictine monks became so well known for their highly successful grape growing and winemaking procedures that they wrote manuals on the process - which are still referenced today.
By the early 1700’s, the noble Sangiovese grapevine emerged - now the backbone of Tuscan wine production and the main varietal used in making the world-famous Chianti. Even if you haven’t tasted Chianti, you would most likely recognize it as the wine that traditionally came in a bottle enclosed in a straw basket called a fiasco. Chianti continues to be Tuscany’s premier wine and recent laws have made the Chianti region among the most quality-controlled in the entire country of Italy.
For a long time, Tuscany turned out enormous quantities of wine without any rules or regulations, but with the more recent installment of DOC (1963) and DOCG (1984) wine quality laws, production has been nearly cut in half as quality comes more into focus. The result has been world-wide recognition and a reputation for excellence.
For any true Italian wine connoisseur, Tuscany is a must-see destination and among the most visited places in the wine world. The majesty of the Tuscan countryside spreads out before you like a cover from a travel magazine, while the savory local cuisine is perfectly designed to accompany Tuscany’s range of exquisite and world-renowned wines. The settings are incomparable, the foods rich and delicious, and the wines simply complete some of the great experiences in life.