Who hasn't heard of Tuscany's magnificent wine? Soil and climate allow quality grapes to grow. The ruby red Chianti is famous, as are the super Tuscan and regional wines.
The region's exceptional wines are appreciated throughout the world today.
Soil, microclimate and sunshine improve the quality.
To ensure this, the amount of grapes is limited per hectare, to the benefit of the wine. The red Sangiovese grape forms the basis of Tuscan wine.
Classifications DOC and DOCG
The classifications DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) as a quality wine with controlled origin and the highest quality DOCG (DOC with Garantita) should insure a good wine, today at the very least, the origin is guaranteed.
The classification of wine is subject to many rules and regulations. Things like type of grape, amount and production methods, alcohol and acidic quantity are all monitored.
The most famous and popular Tuscan wine, the Chianti Classico, is made on the hills between Florence and Siena.
In the 19th century, Baron Ricasoli made strict rules governing the production of Chianti wine. The Sangiovese plays the main role in this and supplements the precisely defined grape varieties.
Lega del Chianti
In 1270, the free communities of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole bonded together to form the Lega del Chianti. The mayor of Radda's symbol, the Gallo Negro has been the seal of the famous Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico since 1924.
The Chianti Classico enjoys the reputation of being the oldest wine region. The region is divided into seven further zones. A black cockerel on a gold background, the Gallo Nero, adorns the label of wines from the Chianti Classico.
Due to the restriction of DOC-regulations, some of the innovative wine growing estate decided to do without the labels.
The quality wines, declared as Vino da Tavola (table wine), question the strict regulations.
They use different grapes, combine traditional and modern methods, and make fabulous wine. The expensive Super-Tuscans go by the name of Sassicaia or Tignanello, for example.
Brunello di Montalcino
The slowly aged Sangiovese grapes make the Brunello di Montalcino's tannin emphasised, warm bouquet incomparable. The famous red wine is made only from these grapes, stored in oak barrels and is only sold 5 years after being made.
The strong Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Michelangelo's favourite, the gold coloured white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano, enjoy a good reputation. The Vin Santo from Elba is popular as a dessert wine.
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