Region Overview-Tuscany

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TUSCANY OR TOSCANA

  • Tuscany takes its name from the Etruscans.
  • Soils were formed millions of years ago leaving rich marine sediments.
  • Ideal mediterranean growing climate.
  • Chianti is the most famous of Tuscan wines but Brunello is the greatest.
  • Super Tuscans, a category (with no official status) created in the 80’s and 90’s, includes both reds and whites.
  • 11 DOCG’s – Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano Rosso, Morellino di Scansano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Elba Aleatico Passito, Montecucco Sangiovese, Suvereto, Val di Cornia Rosso.

Important Grapes

  • White – Vernaccia, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscadello, Sauvignon, Vermentino, Grechetto
  • Red – Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Mammolo, Colorino, Syrah, Cabernet, Gamay, Malvasia Nera, Montepulciano, Pinot Nero

Important Wines

  • White – Vernaccia di San Gimignano,Moscadello di Montalcino, Galestro
  • Red – Brunello, Chianti, Vino Nobile, Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano, Bolgheri Sassicaia, Rosso di Montalcino
  • Whites and reds – Bolgheri, Elba, Parrina, Pomino, Sant’Antimo

 

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