The Best of Tuscany, Part 2: Wine
When it comes to wine, Italy is world-renowned for its tasty, homemade vinos; and if Italy is the most known country in the world for its wines, we can reasonably argue that the wine-famous Italian region of Tuscany has the best wines in the world.
Without getting too detailed in wine-making, it’s important to know that the taste, color, and variety of grape depends on the region it is grown. This is mostly due to the climate, the soil, and the terrain of the area. Within Tuscany, there are a number of sub-wine regions, but let’s focus on the main ones.
1/ Brunello di Montalcino Wine
Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine located around the village of Montalcino, located south of Florence. The Brunello di Montalcino is a warm and dry region, as it is quite far south. The variety of grapes used to make this delicious tasting wine typically consist of only the sangiovese variety of grapes. This is red wine has a high acidity and fruity undertones. Brunello di Montalcino pairs best with meat and fish.
2/ Carmignano Wine
The small town of Carmignano is located northwest of Florence. This sub-region’s famous wine consists of at least 50% of the sangiovese variety of grapes, with the other half consisting of different percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaoilo Nero, Mammolo, and Canaiolo Nero.
This variety of wine is a medium bodied red with low acidity. It has notes of chocolate and pairs best with roasted meat and fresh cheese.
3/ Chianti Red Wine
Chianti is perhaps the most famous variety of wine in Tuscany. It is likely Chianti Classico can be easily found in just about any grocery store no matter where you are in the world. The Chianti region covers distance between Florence and Siena. Chianti is typically made up of the sangiovese variety of grapes with mixes of other common grapes from the region occasionally added (Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaoilo Nero, Mammolo, and Canaiolo Nero). Chianti is paired best with spiced lamb, salami, pizzas, and really anything with a strong taste.
Remember, even though the same grapes are used in all of these different wines, this doesn’t necessarily mean they taste the same. The taste, body, and notes depend on the climate, the weather, and the soil, among other factors.
These three sub-regions in Tuscany are famous for their wines, but if you are traveling to the Tuscan region, don’t miss out on the famous wines from Bolgheri or San Gimignano (white wine). Overall, if you are in Tuscany, no matter which sub-region you find yourself in, drink some wine. Take a sip, close your eyes, and have a moment knowing you are in one of the dreamiest regions in the world, sipping local wine. Does it get any better than that?
Look out for my next part in this three part ‘Best of Tuscany’ series talking all about Tuscan culture!
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