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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

Toscana in a Nutshell
  • Area: 22.987 km2 (5th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 25,1%
  • Hill: 66,5%
  • Plain: 8,4%
  • Highest peak: Monte Prado (2054 mt)
  • Population: 3.661.981 (6,2%)
  • Provinces: Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena.
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Interesting facts about Tuscany
  • The region heavily relies on red wine, which accounts for roughly 86% of the regional production.
  • A large portion of Toscana’s most iconic wines sport the generic Toscana IGT instead of a specific denomination, as this is arguably one of the most commercially successful Italian wine brands.
  • Biodiversity is one of the main strengths of the region: even within the prominent wine districts you will find plenty of areas still covered by woods. Beyond vineyards, most farms also house olive groves, arable land, and sometimes even pastures.
  • Some areas of Tuscany boast one of the highest quantities of organic vineyards and wineries in Italy: for instance, the majority of the estates in Chianti Classico and Valdarno hold an organic certification.

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Wine areas

Discover the wine denomintations of Tuscany: Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Bolgheri, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Morellino di Scansano

Grapes

Discover the grapes varieties of Tuscany: Sangiovese, Trebbiano Toscano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Vermentino, Ansonica

Wineries

Discover Tuscany's Finest Wineries: Explore the renowned Antinori Chianti Classico, Avignonesi, Badia a Coltibuono, Barone Ricasoli, and Biondi Santi's Tenuta, for an unforgettable wine experience

Travel

Discover Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Val d’Orcia, Montepulciano, Pienza, Chianti, Arezzo, Maremma, Isola d'Elba

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