Sensational landscape, idyllic countryside, rich artistic and cultural heritage, exquisite art towns, museums full of extraordinary paintings, spectacular seacoast, great food and great culinary tradition, have long made Tuscany one of the most popular regions of Italy.
But, to all this, you definitely have to add that Tuscany has some of the finest wines of Italy, if not the world! Together with the many tasty regional specialities and delicacies, Tuscan wines boast very ancient traditions, even since Etruscan times.
There’s no lunch or dinner in Tuscany, with at least one bottle of wine on the table, according to tradition.
If you’re not too familiar with Tuscan Wines, here follows a brief guideline to Tuscany’s most popular wines.
The best known of these are the red wines of Chianti, the Brunello di Montalcino, the Nobile di Montepulciano, and the so-called Super Tuscans:
Chianti Classico: the area between Florence and down to Siena, all covered with vineyards and olive groves, is one of the most famous winemaking regions in the world. Though made from the local Sangiovese grape, Chianti wines can vary a lot from one another. Some producers often add other grape varieties to the Sangiovese, while others prefer more traditional methods. There are some renowned names, but the best thing is to explore the region and taste wines directly from little wine producers.