This picturesque region produces great wine. Between rolling hills and cities filled with art, comes one of the most famous Italian wines on an international level – a jewel in the crown of international winemaking.
When someone says Tuscany, one thinks of great Renaissance art, Lorenzo de Medici, and the architectural masterpieces of Florence, its capital. What makes Tuscany so special? The sun? The sea breeze? The history? The cypresses dotting its landscape? The characteristic villages perched here and there?
Perhaps the essence of Tuscany can be found in a glass of Chianti*, which is made from Sangiovese grapes – the most popular red grape variety in Italy. The Chianti winegrowing area was first defined in 1716, making it the first Italian classification to be officially established. It is the perfect accompaniment to a Fiorentina, a traditional grilled steak from Florence.
Tuscany is also home to the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino, the sweet Vin Santo, the excellent Morellino di Scansano, and the fragrant Vernaccia di San Gimignano. This wide variety shows that Tuscany is a region where the vines are the true protagonists.
*Did you know that Chianti is not a region of Italy, but a sub-region of Tuscany?