Arriving at Podere Val di Toro, one immediately sees trees among and surrounding the vineyards. These oaks were here before the vines, giving shade to the cattle grazing in the pastures, the same cattle that gave the name to the property, Valley of the Bull. All those oaks remain in their places, interrupting the rows of vines and conditioning, where necessary, the shape of the vineyard. These trees do not improve our wines, nor simplify our work. But they are there, a testament to a story of deep respect for the land which we adored from the very first time that we set foot here, leaving a view of the sea at our shoulders, climbing a bewitching road up a small hill. A land from that moment conditioned our time, where we are raising our children and which is the substance of our wines. This is Val di Toro.
Val di Toro was born in 2003, out of the passion of Anna Maria Cruciata and her husband, Hugh Constable Maxwell. A passion that brought them to the Maremma, where they bought their estate, then chose the best parts of it to plant to produce the most suitable vines adapted to the land. From the beginning trying to use as little added products as possible, to now the full conversion to organic status. 10 hectares today, out of a total of 25 owned, in order to produce two red wines, Val di Toro and Morellino di Scansano DOCG Reviresco, a white Auramaris and a rose, Alfa Tauri.
Hugh and Anna Maria live at Val di Toro and dedicate themselves full time to the productive activities. The winery is at the heart of the estate, in which this passion for the land and respect for the terroir transforms, grows and evolves, to make the great wines of Val di Toro. A productive process done with care and attention to detail at every phase of work, combining perfectly with the best techniques of vinification and in which one sees also the experience and competence of the consulting oenologists Maurizio Castelli and Gabriele Gadenz.