Tuscany is one of the most highly regarded wine regions in the world, and whilst it only produces 6% of all of Italy’s huge wine yields, what it does produce is of an exceptional quality. Tuscany is renowned for producing some of Italy’s most beloved wines: Chianti and Brunelllo di Montalcino and it is a region which is very popular with wine tourists too.
Tuscany is the oldest of all wine regions in Italy, with vine growth in the area dating back to the 8th century BC, when Etruscans developed the first vineyards and explore the potential of winemaking in the area. The first chianti was documented in the 14th century, although it was a white wine back then.
Tuscany is in the western-central area of Italy, with the Tyrrhenian Sea at its coastline. It benefits from a Mediterranean climate on the coast with hotter Continental climates in the Apennines area. The area is covered in hills which provides its fantastic terroir and there are a huge number of well-regarded wine growing regions and famous wineries.
Italy has quite strict classifications when it comes to its wine but this hasn’t stopped an unofficial category developing in Tuscany. So called Super Tuscans are believed to be the finest Tuscan wines produced. The first ever Super Tuscan was Vigarello, released in 1968. It was made using 100% red grapes with no white in the blend and Sassicaia is another stand-out Super Tuscan known to be made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The advent of Super Tuscans was Italy’s chance to show their red wines are as good as those from any other country in the world. Lots of Super Tuscans are based on the use of the Sangiovese grapes but more and more Bordeaux-blend style wines have been produced. This process requires importing grapes from other regions but the climate in Tuscany has seen them flourish.
Over 80% of the wines produced in Tuscany are red but there is a select growth of white wines too. The fine reds available from Tuscany in our collection include this Da Vinci Chianti (2014) and this Capezzana, Carmignano Villa di Capezzana (2011).