Wine lovers well know that fine Italian wines have been produced in Tuscany for generations.
For the less well initiated, this region along the coast of central Italy is famous for its world-class wine regions. This is largely due to the fact that the warm Mediterranean climate and hilly terrain are conducive to growing a variety of exceptional grapes. Factors such as direct sunlight and higher elevations impact the balance of sugars, acidity, and aromatic qualities of the different varieties of grape grown here in the fifth largest region of Italy.
Are you up for a wine challenge?
Looking for the best Italian wines here along the Tyrrhenian coast is challenging only because there are so many refined vintages from which to choose and typically travellers budget only a few days to explore Tuscany. Knowing which wines offer the taste and bouquet that most appeal to you is important as you delve into the variety of fine wines available for hundreds of years in this region of Italy.
Consider the pricey Bordeaux-style Sassicaia wine with its DOCG designation and pedigree of French vines, the vintners near Siena crafting the famous Chianti, or the powerful amber dessert wine called Vin Santo, which is often enjoyed with almond cookies called Cantucci.
Wine with a meaningful history
Perhaps you seek a vino with a meaningful history and generations of tradition. This you will find with Vernaccia di San Gimignano, considered Italy’s finest white wine since the Renaissance and also classified as a DOCG wine in modern times. Another contender for historical favourite is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a garnet-hued wine with fruity notes and a hint of something earthy that is one of Italy’s traditional wines and free from intrusions by French grapes. Another ancient wine is the white Orvieto Classico, which dates to the time of the Etruscans and is still celebrated today.
There are always those who favour red wines, and Tuscany boasts one of the best-known reds that is argued by some to be not just the best Tuscan red wines but foremost in all of Italy: Brunello di Montalcino. If you have had it, you know its powerful notes of earth and berries. If you haven’t had Brunello then you need to add this to your list of wines to taste.
Sample the highest quality wines of Tuscany
The secret to finding the best wine under the Tuscan sun depends on whether you are a wine connoisseur or if you are a novice wine drinker. Experienced wine tasters may have firm ideas and preferences for certain wines and will know which vineyards they most wish to visit. Novice wine drinkers should rest assured that Tuscany is one of the world’s most notable wine regions so they will get to sample wines of the highest quality as they explore the region and learn about the wide variety of fine wines.
If you would like to add wine tastings to your vacation experience, there is really no better place than Tuscany for it is here that you will find a tradition of wine making that is as beautiful, rich, and world-renowned as its stunning countryside.
Tuscany, with its gorgeous coastline and scenic hillside vineyards, is an amazing holiday destination with a Mediterranean climate. Consider one of our many small group or private wine tours to the famous wine region of Tuscany.