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DISCOVERING WINE REGIONS OF TUSCANY

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CHIANTI CLASSICO wine region
SAN GIMIGNANO AND VERNACCIA wine region
MONTALCINO wine region
MONTEPULCIANO wine region
BOLGHERI wine region

CHIANTI CLASSICO wine region



CHIANTI CLASSICO

Chianti Classico is the heart of Tuscany and this hilly land stretches between Florence and Siena. Being in a strategic position, during the Middle Ages, Chianti was a continuous battle field for the fights between Siena and Florence that wanted control over these lands. Castles and fortresses that lie on top of many hills overlooking the countryside bear testimony to this glorious and tormented past.

Chianti Classico is one of the most ancient Italian wine, but the real Chianti region was developed in the mid-1800s by Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who made Chianti wine by combining Sangiovese grapes and other local grape varietal included white grape.

Today the Chianti is one of Tuscany's most well-known wine region and only wines produced within its borders can be named Chianti Classico and are certified with the black rooster symbol (il gallo nero).
Chianti Classico wine must have at least 80% Sangiovese grapes and can be drunk young but it’s often very well suited to aging, especially the Riserva wines.

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SAN GIMIGNANO AND VERNACCIA wine region

SAN GIMIGNANO

About forty Kilometres north of Siena, the little gem of San Gimignano announces itself from above with its medieval towers and tower-houses which today still mark its sky-line.
vernaccia Around the medieval city walls stretch out hills covered with olive trees and vineyards that continue to grow the famous white grape Vernaccia.

vernaccia In an area like Tuscany, world famous for its important red wines, San Gimignano can be considered a small white wine island.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG is one of Italy’s oldest wines and it’s produced using a vine type, which is named indeed Vernaccia, with limited geographical coverage.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a dry, sapid and robust white wine; according to the different vintage has an intense smells of acacia and flint which are the great characteristics of the wine.

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MONTALCINO wine region



MONTALCINO

Montalcino lies forty Kilometres south of the city of Siena on the top of a hill that still preserves an unspoilt nature.
The success of the Montalcino wine began in the Middle Ages, thanks to the town’s being located along the via Francigena, the route travelled by pilgrims on their way to Rome.

The birth of Brunello red wine came about only in the 19th century, as a result of research done by Clemente Santi on the clone of SangioveseGrosso. Untill the 1960’s Brunello was a wine only known locally or in a circle of connoisseurs.
Finally Brunello started its climb towards the fame and, nowadays, Brunello di Montalcino is the most famous Italian wine in the world.

According to the DOCG disciplinary Brunello red wine is created from pure Sangiovese grape with an aging of four years, while sale cannot be happen until the 1st January of the fifth year following the grape harvest.

Full-bodied dry wine, persistent aromas with hints of fruits and spices in the taste.

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MONTEPULCIANO wine region



MONTEPULCIANO & PIENZA

The hilltop town of Montepulciano separates two valleys: the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana.
The history of Montepulciano starts with the Etruscans and its fame was immediately tightly tied to the quality of its wines.

Nowadays Montepulciano is known worldwide for its wonderful DOCG red wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The Vino Nobile is produces with a particular clone of Sangiovese grape named as Prugnolo Gentile. The secret of the region lies in the soil: in fact the alternation of sand and clay, creates the ideal conditions for producing wines that are well-structured and fragrant, but with fine tannins.

Few Kilometres west of Montepulciano is located the tiny village of Pienza.
Pienza is situated in an excellent position on a hill dominating the Val d’Orcia and the Val d’Asso valleys with extraordinary views. This fascinating town is renowned as the “ideal city of the Reinnasance”, a creation of the humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini, at the time Pope Pius II.

Pienza is not in a wine region but rather in a good area for sheep pasture. The precious “Pecorino di Pienza” is made of local sheep’s milk, and thanks to the poor ground but reach in a great variety of herbs, the milk has a richer aroma which makes the pecorino a really tasty and unique cheese.

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BOLGHERI wine region



BOLGHERI

Bolgheri is a charming town near the Tyrrhenian coast.
We reach the town via a long the spectacular Via Bolgherese, a cypress-lined road. There are about 2370 cypress trees!
This breathtaking road is also mentioned in one of the poem of the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, who lived in Bolgheri in his youth.

Mostly French varietal are grown in this coastal area (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot), and thanks to inventive and experimental wine makers, Bolgheri is considered the most prestigious wine region of the world.

In fact this region is the birthplace of the famous Super Tuscan wines such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia.
In this exclusive wine area only private winery tours are organised to enjoy in a very relaxing way this very well-made Bordeaux blend wines with intense red fruit aromas, full structure on the palate and silky tannins.


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