Tuscany is a region full of cultural heritage and winemaking history, and the birthplace of some of the most popular wines in Italy. Traditional Chianti with fiasco bottle maybe has passed its heyday, but the wines that were made from Italian most favourite grape Sangiovese are still shinning like the Tuscan sun. The quality of Chianti or Chianti Classico raised substantially in recent years, and the latter even gained Gran Selezione, the highest wine classification in Italy. No wonder the Tuscan wine magnate Frescobaldi acquired Tenuta Perano in Chianti Classico to complete their portfolio.
Brunello di Montalcino means the wine made from Brunello grapes, as the locals called Sangiovese Grosso, from Montalcino. The powerful structure of this wine is quite different from the regular Sangiovese, which made it most sought-after. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano are other Sangiovese-based wines that gained international reputation.
If you fancy white wine, the historical Vernaccia di San Gimignano is something you can't miss. The indigenous Vernaccia is no common to find in other regions, which help the wine received the first DOC recognition in Italy. Making sweet wine is also a tradition in the region. The classic Vin Santo is made from dried Malvasia or Trebbiano grapes, while some wine estates would produce a red version by using Sangiovese grapes.
Apart from the historical wines, the innovative Super Tuscan draws wine lovers attention as well. Wine producers combined French grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the specific Tuscan terroir, shaped them into some of the most expensive Italian wines. Ornellaia, Masseto, the single-vineyard wine as a spin-off from Ornellaia, and Luce from Montalcino are some of Super Tuscans super-stars.