BunchPlainBW


AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF TUSCANY

 

BunchPlain2

 

Chianti may well be synonomous with Tuscany, but there is far more diversity here than a visit to your average wine merchant would suggest. Recent years have witnessed considerable changes, with most articles on Tuscan wine commenting upon the shift of emphasis from quantity to quality,

BunchPlain2

Above all, Tuscany produces red wine and, above all, this wine is made from the Sangiovese grape. The practice of adding white grapes to the Chianti blend has, thankfully, all but disappeared; the last twenty or so years has seen Sangiovese find a new partner - Cabernet Sauvignon - and when this marriage works, as it often does, the resultant wines are usually excellent and, occasionally, truly great.

BunchPlain2

Brunello di Montalcino manages ably to retain the crown of `Italy's most expensive wine', although the likes of Tignanello and Sassicaia are not too far behind. Some other areas worthy of investigation are Morellino di Scansano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano,  and wines of Lucca & Montecarlo.

BunchPlain2

The white wines of Tuscany are far less important than the reds. Produced predominantly from the workaday Trebbiano grape, a notable exception is Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Good Sauvignon and Chardonnay is made, but the prices tend to be quite high. Vin Santo, the famous after-dinner wine, is also seeing a renewed commitment to quality.

BunchPlain2

BrunLab4
ChiantiL2
TigLab
SasLab
MoreLab1
VernLab

Food & Wine
Tips and pointers Food & Wine Main index



AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF TUSCANY