Divine architectures, a delicious appetite for art, food and wine, and breath-taking landscapes that make a very gorgeous dream destination ” this is how I would describe this Italian region called Tuscany.
Italy is one of the world’s most important wine producers. It is the nestling ground to some of the best wines that the world’s palates have ever tasted. And of all of Italy’s premier wine makers, Tuscany is probably the home to very well known wine regions such as Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. These are the regions that produce the best and most important wines that are being sold worldwide. Tuscany is very rich in tradition, and they use that advantage while making use of the rising international wine varieties that have come to settle in the region.
According to history, wild grape vines were already abundantly growing in the hills and land of Tuscany, even before the Etruscans have settled in the region. This group of Etruscans was believed to have grown and cultivated of what appears to be the most vital variety of grape in the history of Tuscan wines ” the Sangiovese, as well as the Lambrusco. The wine scene may have evolved throughout the years, but the grapes and wines continue to dominate and mark history, making the region at the top of the game in the industry of wine making.
In all of Italy, Tuscany ranks third when it comes to producing DOC/G wines. It also ranks third as a grape-growing region but only 8th when it comes to the volume of wine production. One reason is that Tuscany’s soil is poorer as compared to other regions. That makes it a little difficult for growers to produce low-yield-high quality wines. Sangiovese grape may be Tuscany’s most popularly grown grape, but they also welcomed other international grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. This international grape has been grown in the hills of Tuscany for over hundreds of years, but bloomed late in the season, when the Super Tuscans were produced and sold worldwide. These are regional wines, which have a special distinct quality, something that can be recognized by the international palate. Since the 70’s, notable, expensive wines (exceeds the limits of the Italian wine classification system) were then called Super Tuscans.
The hills of Tuscany, despite a poor soil description by some producers, actually make diversity in grape growing and wine production happen. There are so many variations of the soil as well as the climate in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Producers have learned how to play with Tuscany’s terroir to make great impressions on the palate, wherein 80% of the wines produced in this region are red wines. Some of the best wines Tuscany has ever produced are 2001 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria dei Barbi, 2004 Castello di Ama, Chianti Classico, and Castello Banfi Centine Toscana 2005.
Whether it’s about the food, the art, or the wine, I’d definitely add Italy on my dream board. It’s dreamy, it’s authentic, it’s classic.
This blog was contributed by Blanca Valbuena