InstaTaste: Gustatus as seen by visitors

The wine and food festival called “Gustatus: The Sense of Taste” took place from 29 October to 1 November 2015 in the lagoon town of Orbetello.

The event’s mission is to promote Maremma’s wine and food delicacies, along with their cultural and folkloric traditions. It involved guided tastings, workshops, conferences, and events linked to local products.

Here are some shots of the Instagram feed of photos taken by visitors!

Were you there? What was your foodie experience like? Share below!


Tasty Maremma: the Wine & Flavors Route


Here below is a lovely video filmed along the Colli di Maremma Wine & Flavors Route (Strada del Vino e dei Sapori), a gastronomic itinerary passing through different locations in southern Tuscany.

The video starts in the areas of Orbetello Lagoon and Monte Argentario (Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano), showing their fishermen at work, local gastronomy and attractions.

The next stop is in Capalbio, a local wine cellar and the esoteric Tarot Garden. Your mouth will water as you see the traditional Tortelli Maremmani being cooked!

The video ends with some idyllic landscapes that are typical of the countryside in southern Tuscany, including the majestic Maremmana breed of cattle.

Wine and Flavors route in Maremma Tuscany

The filmed route is called “Il Percorso Dell’acqua, Dei Colori, Delle Meraviglie” (the path of water, colors and wonders), and comprises the areas of Capalbio, Monte Argentario, Orbetello, GrossetoGiglio Island. The D.O.C. wine produced here are the Capalbio, Parrina and Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario labels.

The other routes (not included in the following videos) are called Il Percorso Dei Sapori, Dei Profumi, Dell’incanto (path of flavors, aromas and charm), including Magliano in Toscana, Scansano, Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Semproniano e Manciano, producing the Scansano D.O.C. wine – and the Tufa Rock Path with Sorano, Pitigliano and Manciano, famous for the Bianco di Pitigliano and Sovana labels.


Saffron: Tuscany’s red gold

Tuscany, including its southern territory known as Maremma, produces high quality, pure saffron.

Saffron flower & stigma image from

Saffron flower & stigmas image from

About 50 producers make the “Red Gold” in Maremma alone. Here, the cultivation of saffron dates back to medieval times, both as a plant for dyeing and for cooking.

The process of saffron production requires care and passion: the planting of the bulb-tuber and the harvesting of the flowers at dawn are traditionally made by hand.

Saffron is used to enrich first and main courses (both meat and fish) as well as desserts, and is also used to prepare tagliatelle, cookies, beer and body care products. In Maremma, it is often sold directly as stigmas (or threads) and not in powder.

Hand harvest of saffron - image from

Hand harvest of saffron – image from

To celebrate this precious product, every year the village of Marsiliana hosts the Sagra dello Zafferano (Saffron Festival) in August. This year, the event will take place from 13 to 19 August 2015.

A larger event, entirely dedicated to the Red Gold from all over Tuscany as well as other regions of Italy – called L’oro rosso della Val d’Orcia (Val d’Orcia’s red gold) – will take place in San Quirico d’Orcia (Siena) on 17 and 18 October 2015.

Palazzo Chigi will host the event in its ancient and charming building. The event, organized by ValdorciaLife, aims at promoting this niche product and all its related activities, such as saffron-based food, traditional meals and the best wines to be combined. Its objective is also the valorization of the local territory, inviting visitors to enjoy the Val d’Orcia and discover its charms even during the low season.

The program of the event includes delicious tastings of local products, a parade of Ferrari and Ducati vehicles, book and movie presentations, a medical convention on nutrition and food, live music, photography and painting exhibitions, trekking and sports activities in the beautiful setting of the Val d’Orcia Valley. Follow all updates on Facebook


Sources: Maremmans and Valdorcialife