Tuscany is the most enduringly famous of all Italian wine regions, thanks to the romantic glamor of its endless rolling hills, cypress-lined country roads and hilltop villages. The Sangiovese grape is the key to the region’s success, as the backbone of DOCG wines in Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Carmignano.
But where are the best places to try Tuscan wines? Here are some of them:
Chianti: As one of the most well-known Italian wines, and one of the first wines ever to be exported, Chianti is a must-try in Tuscany. Chianti vineyards are spread throughout Tuscany, but to we recommend visiting the wineries in the heart of the Chianti region.
Montalcino: For the full sangiovese experience, head to the town of Montalcino. That’s where you can taste the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino — made entirely of the lightweight, acidic grape.
Montepulciano: The city center of Montepulciano is home to gorgeous renaissance churches and towers. For wine-lovers, though, Montepulciano’s real attraction is its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a dry, full-bodied red.
Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast just south of Livorno, is one of Italy’s most prestigious vineyard areas where Bolgheri is produced. Its winemaking zone is made up of sloping coastal vineyards at the foot of the hills between the town of Bolgheri, after which this DOC is named, and the southern part of Castagneto.
San Gimignano: The vineyards outside of San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s most-visited towns, are home to Vernaccia. Thought to be Italy’s first white wine, Vernaccia is known for its golden hue and floral notes. The area is also known for San Gimignano Rosso and Chianti Colli Senesi (both red), San Gimignano Rosato (rosé) and Vin Santo (a dessert wine, often paired with cantucci, or crumbly biscuits, as a classic Tuscan dessert).
Il Salviatino highly recommend you to visit all these spectacular vineyards and to try the flavor of these Tuscan wines!