Are you looking for the best destination for a summer vacation? If you enjoy a picturesque setting, rich culture, and fantastic wine, this year you must check out sunny Tuscany.
Located in the heart of Italy, the region is famous for its natural beauty and highly vibrant cultural sites. Its capital, Florence is known for the most captivating Renaissance art and architecture. But other than a chance to see Michelangelo’s “David” statue and more, Tuscany is the best place for wine tasting as well. The region is one of the top wine producers in the country and is responsible for the highest quality varietals.
Here, we take you through the guide to the magical Tuscany and give you tips for an unforgettable wine-tasting journey.
Top Wines from Tuscany
Over the years, Tuscany has produced some of the most iconic Italian wines. The combination of barren limestone soils, sun, and rain makes the region a perfect location for producing high-quality wines.
One of the most renowned wines from Tuscany is Chianti Classico, a dry, red wine that has been produced since the 14th century in the Chianti region. For the wine to qualify as Chianti, being produced in the Chianti region is not enough, additionally it must be a minimum of 80% made of Sangiovese grapes.
The grapes are somewhat complex to grow, however, Tuscany has been producing some of the best quality fruit, which is always recognizable.
The Chianti, depending on the producer can be both: light or full-bodied. Even one sip of the wine is enough to enchant you with its robust aroma and the strong flavor of cherry.
If you are in Tuscany, make sure to try iconic wines like Fontodi Chianti Classico 2019, Caparsa Chianti Classico 2019, or Pagliarese Chianti Classico 2018.
Brunello di Montalcino is another iconic Tuscan red that is made from Sangiovese grapes. The wine is one of the most expensive varieties in the region.
This is stipulated by various factors, but most notably due to the technology of making Brunello di Montalcino.
The wine ripens for about two years in wood barrels and is only released after about five years from harvest.
The wines like Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino 2017 or Giodo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 can be enjoyed with traditional Tuscan bruschetta or roasted meat.
Super Tuscan Blend
If you’re a wine enthusiast, you must have heard about the Super Tuscan brand, but if not, you still have great pleasure ahead of discovering the wines that have won hearts all over the world. The term stands for red blends from Tuscany that are known for their unique, distinctive taste and innovative character.
Italy is a country of great history, culture, and traditions, so it’s not particularly easy to make changes in centuries-old practices, such as winemaking. However, in the 1970’s a few winemakers first made a revolutionary wine, that didn’t limit itself only to the Italian grape varieties, but allowed the use of international ones.
The style, and technique of winemaking were more innovative than the previous methods, and that is how the ‘Super Tuscan wines were born.
From the end of 20 century, the winemakers gained even more freedom and applied even more creative approaches. Now, these wines are some of the most popular and there is always a high demand for these blends.
When visiting Tuscany, make sure to try out some of the best options, like bold Ornellaia BolgheriSuperiore 2019, or refined Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2019.
Top Wineries in Tuscany
If you are planning to go for a wine tasting in Tuscany, make sure you check out some of the best wineries in the region. Most of them have tours for tourists and allow them to get a closer look at the process of winemaking, not to mention the natural beauty of the region, which will make it hard for you to leave.
Castello Sonnino is one of the best wineries in the Chianti region. As described on their website is a ‘preserved historic wine estate’, that unites vineyards and a 17th-century castle, where the wine is aged in wood barrels. It’s a great experience for anyone who enjoys the wine and historical sites.
Another important historical site, a 13th-century castle that became a winery is Camigliano Castle – Winery. The castle is nestled on a hill overlooking the vineyards. The natural beauty and magnificent exterior of the building can mesmerize any viewer. You can book the dates for a wine tour online, and enjoy some of the best Tuscan wine, and food pairings with Bruschetta and delicious Goat cheese.
Outside magnificent cultural sites and wines, Tuscany can offer one of the best cuisines in the world. Here, you can discover a mix of diverse flavors, textures, species, and aromas that you can never forget.
Usually, the wine-tasting tours offer complementary food with the wine, but if you want to learn even more about this world-famous cuisine, make sure to visit local restaurants. No matter what you love, you can find the best of everything in Tuscany.
Starting from Panzanella, Potato tortelli, to Chicken liver pâté, you can savor some of the best combinations in the world, and enjoy all the amazing traditional dishes with an additional glass of iconic Tuscan wines.