Rolling hills, art and fine wine
Tuscany: the cradle of the Italian wine Renaissance
Lying in Central Italy, Tuscany rose to global fame for its picture-perfect landscapes, with rolling hills descending from the Tuscan-Emilian apennine and Alpi Apuane towards the Thyrrenian sea in the south and Mar Ligure in the North. The cradle of Renaissance and of the modern Italian language, Tuscany was also the birthplace of legendary writers like Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, and artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and Piero della Francesca, who portrayed the region’s awe-inspiring sceneries in their incredible artworks.
A popular tourist destination, Tuscany is also the best-known wine-producing region in Italy. In 1716, Cosimo III Medici published an edict establishing the boundaries of the Chianti, Rufina, Carmignano and Valdarno wine districts. By doing so, he anticipated the creation of DOC and DOCG appellations in the mid-20th century.
In the aftermath of World War II, noble families and individual growers spearheaded the Tuscan wine renaissance by revolutionizing farming and winemaking techniques, and promoting a shift from quantity-oriented production to a focus on quality. The so-called Supertuscans, which were born in this gilded age, are among the world’s most critically-acclaimed red wines.
Tuscan wines are the reflection of a mild Mediterranean climate, blending richness, power, and a distinctive Mediterranean allure with outstanding energy and poise given by racy tannins and high acidity. Red wine makes the lion’s share of the regional production.
Beyond Supertuscans, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Bolgheri Superiore and Nobile di Montepulciano feature among the most famous Tuscan denominations
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The 2022 Chianti Classicos are qualitatively consistent, exhibiting finesse and balance, surpassing expectations despite challenges posed by global warming
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