The Morellino di Scansano DOCG Ghiaccio Forte was first released with the 2006 vintage. Originally produced as a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Syrah, from the 2018 vintage onwards the Syrah was removed from the blend. The name derives from an ancient fortified Etruscan settlement five minutes from the cellar and translates as ‘ice fort’. This area has been dedicated to producing wine for a millennia and Ghiaccio Forte strives to embody the best traditions of the past, as well as the future of Morellino di Scansano. The grapes are harvested by hand at the point of optimal ripeness, followed by careful selection and destemming. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks with around two weeks of skin contact.
Ghiaccio Forte is located in the Maremma, along the banks of the Albegna River and upon the slopes of Monte Aquilaia in southern Scansano. It is named after the ancient Etruscan city that the winery resides by, where there is evidence of winemaking dating back centuries. Tuscany’s best kept secret, the wines produced here fall under the Morellina di Scansano DOCG and must be made up of at least 85% Sangiovese. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape. The harmonious combination of protection from the surrounding mountains, proximity of the river and sea, providing much needed breeze and the Mediterranean climate provide perfect growing conditions for top quality Sangiovese, but is also particularly suited to producing superb wines from Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ghiaccio Forte’s Morellino is both generous and elegant. The fertile Maremma region produce high quality wines that are great value without losing their Tuscan character. In 2020 they began their journey toward Organic certification and hope to be officially certified by 2023.