Tuscany

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Tuscany

A Return to Tradition

Tuscany is the region of Italy that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards. It occupies much of Central Italy with a Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Apennines to the east, it has both Mediterranean and continental climates. The story of Tuscany begins with its major black variety, Sangiovese, one of the most planted varieties in Italy, but here is its ancestral and spiritual home. Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and various other DOC/Gs and 100% of Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino. Chianti Classico is the region between Florence and Siena and has been systematically polluted with foreign varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah and, God forbid, Merlot. Now, we are seeing a return to more traditional blends as producers are gradually moving away from the Super Tuscan movement of the 1980s & 1990s. In Montalcino, where only Sangiovese is permitted, producers have also shunned the illicit use of foreign varieties and the wines have never been better because of it. Helped out by a good run of vintages, as well.

 

Elsewhere, there are still gems to be discovered. San Gimignano is home to the only major DOCG for white wines, yet its planting of its traditional variety, Vernaccia di San Gimignano are on the wane, but not at Castello di Montaùto who still champion this variety. The Tuscan Coast is still the hotbed for innovation, unlike other bits of Tuscany it is the international varieties that thrive and make the best wines, with the occasional exception

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  1. Castello Montaùto 2019 Vernaccia di San GimignanoIn stock
    Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a native grape variety to this very small DOCG in Tuscany. This was the very first DOC in... Learn More
  2. Val delle Rose 2018 Morellino di ScansanoIn stock
    Morellino is the local name in this part of the Tuscan coast for Sangiovese. Val delle Rose is produced by Andrea... Learn More
  3. Selvapiana 2018 Chianti RufinaIn stock
    Selvapiana is the leading producer in Chianti Rùfina, a subzone of Chianti where some of the region's best value... Learn More
  4. Val delle Rose 2017 Ciliegiolo Maremma Toscana 'Il Ciliegiolo'In stock
    Ciliegiolo is a variety that is normally found in Tuscan blends where it is a partner to Sangiovese and others.... Learn More
  5. Villa Cerna 2016 Chianti Classico RiservaIn stock
    Villa Cerna's Chianti Classico is a step up from the regular Classico, Primocolle, being made with miniscule yields and... Learn More
  6. Querciabella 2016 Chianti ClassicoIn stock
    Querciabella has high altitude vineyards in Greve in Chianti, producing some of the most nervous and elegant wines in... Learn More
  7. Gaja Ca Marcanda 2017 PromisIn stock
    Made from Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese this wine is made at Gaja's property in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast.... Learn More
  8. Siro Pacenti 2013 Brunello di Montalcino 'Pelagrilli'In stock
    Siro Pacenti has vineyards in the northern and southern parts of Montalcino, so the best of both worlds. Their wines... Learn More
  9. Villa Rosa 2015 Chianti Classico Gran SelezioneIn stock
    The ultimate expression of Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione from Cecchi's Villa Rosa estate in Castellina. A... Learn More
  10. Poggio Antico 2012 Brunello di Montalcino 'Altero'In stock
    £65.00
    "Here's a richly concentrated expression from one of the highest sites in Montalcino. The wine shows excellent balance... Learn More
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