Italy is well-known all across the world, as a wine producer. In fact, it is one of the top wine producers in the world. They produce much more wine as compared to France. The maximum wine comes from Tuscan.
If you are interested to make a Tuscan wine tour then tie up with Italy Luxury Tour where your 9 nights and 10 days of the tour will let you explore the place. You will be visiting a few famous wine estates producing the wines of the most delicate varieties and also can explore the mysteries of the various Italian cuisines.
If you want to taste Tuscan wine, then you need to visit central Italy, which is along the coast of Tyrrhenian. Tuscany is considered to be the most important region of a few notable wines.
Few wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, and Vino Nobile-di-Montepulciano will be made primarily with Sangiovese grape although the Vernaccia grape will be the origin of the white wine called Vernaccia-di-San-Gimignano.
Also, Tuscany is well-known for its dessert wine called Vin Santo, which is of different grapes grown in this region.
There are many different varieties of grapes found in Tuscany, but only a few main grapes that you can see plenty of Sangiovese, which is known as the signature grapes of Tuscany. Besides that, the following are a few other grapes that can be found in Tuscany:
- Cabernet Sauvignon (French)
- Merlot (originally French)
- Trebbiano (white)
- Vernaccia-di-San Gimignano (white)
Most of the wines are made by using red or purple grapes. Most white wines are made using the pulp of purple grapes, after removing the skin that will make it have a sweeter taste as compared to red wine.
There is a lot of influence on the soil where these grapes are grown, and also the storage and aging of wine can make a lot of difference with the flavor.
Even the wines are named either by referring to the main grape’s name that is present in the wine. Often the wine is named after the region where the grapes are grown. For example, Chianti is the famous wine that you get from Tuscany.
Few varieties of grapes are grown in the region, but, Sangiovese are considered as the original grapes of this area. Therefore, wine made in this region will only be known as Chianti in case the wine is going to use at least 75% of Sangiovese grapes.
Various types or levels of Chianti are:
- Chianti Classico
- Chianti Classico DOC
- Chianti Classico DOCG
- Chianti Reserva/Classico Reserva.
Because of the Tuscan hill climate, the grapes that you will find here are a little bit bolder. You will find that most wines available here will be drier rather than sweet like its signature grape, Sangiovese.
You can pair Tuscan reds with red meat e.g., steak, salami, prosciutto, and gamey meats, together with robust cheeses e.g., aged pecorinos and parmesan. All the drinks available can be taken with fish or chicken, vegetables, and any bitter greens because of the zestiness of these wines.