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Best Tuscan Red Wines: A Guide to Italy’s Finest

Tuscany: An Italian Wine Region Par Excellence

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most highly visited region with over 10 million visitors annually known for its amazing art, architecture, landscapes, culinary excellence and wines. Notably, the Tuscan wine region stands out as one of Italy’s most internationally acclaimed wine-producing areas, boasting illustrious red wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico, Super Tuscan and more.

Exploring Central Tuscany’s Red Wine Heritage

Chianti and Chianti Classico: The Heart of Tuscan Wine Culture

Central Tuscany is home to the worldly exported Chianti wines. The extensive Chianti appellation encompasses a large territory, with the historic Chianti Classico zone nestled between the provinces of Florence and Siena. The differences between Chianti and Chianti Classico vary widely from one area to another, but are based primarily on Sangiovese with the addition of other local red grapes.

The Rise of Super Tuscans Super Tuscans

an informal wine category, originated in the ’60s and ’70s as Tuscan winemakers began to innovate by integrating international grapes and aging in French oak barriques. Although initially labeled as mere ‘vino da tavola,’ pioneering names like Sassicaia and Tignanello have garnered international acclaim, revolutionizing wine production in Tuscany.

Southern Tuscany’s Red Wine Gems

Montalcino and Montepulciano: A Legacy in Every Bottle

In the southeastern part of Tuscany there are medieval villages such as Montalcino and Montepulciano, that respectively name the wines Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Brunello di Montalcino is a 100% Sangiovese wine. These wines require a minimum of 4 years aging with the Riserva wines aged 5+ years. On the other hand Vino Nobile di Montepulciano requires at least 70% Sangiovese, known locally as Prugnolo Gentile. These wines must age at least 2 years, while the Riserva needs an additional year.

Morellino di Scansano: The Fruitful Expression of Maremma

Traveling further south to Maremma, Morellino di Scansano emerges, composed of at least 85% Sangiovese. Other grapes such as Alicante and Merlot complement up to 15% of the blend, creating wines that are fruity and immediately enjoyable. The Riserva variants, with extended oak aging, exhibit greater complexity.

Conclusion: Embark on a Journey Through Tuscany’s Wine Country

Each of these wine regions offers a unique narrative and can be experienced through Tuscany wine tours, like those offered by Angie’s Tuscany Tours, where the spirit of Tuscan viticulture comes alive.