The Argentario coastline covers in part the territories of the municipalities of Manciano, Orbetello and Capalbio as well as all of Monte Argentario and the Isle of Giglio. But it is also the name of a white wine that has been forever produced on the legendary promontory of Monte Argentario and the Isle of Giglio. Only recently, Ansonica earned its much deserved D.O.C. appellation.
As to the Ansonica grapes, not much is known about their origin. Most people argue that they come from Sicily, but some claim that their roots can be traced back to Normandy. What’s sure is that this grape has been grown from times immemorial in Sicily, in Sardinia, on the Isle of Elba and the Argentario.
In each one of these places, Ansonica took its own course: in Sicily it became the island’s third most widely grown grape variety, in Sardinia it has all but disappeared, on the Isle of Elba it is used as table grape, and at Argentario it has been used to produce a wine with such distinctive character as to deserve its own specific appellation.