Topic: Regions

Tuscany... 6 Things To Know {pro/ tus-can-ee}

by Alex

Sangiovese, from which Chianti is made, is one of Italy’s most prominent red grapes and thrives here under the Tuscan sun.

Where is it?

Pingza - Map - Tuscany

What are the main grapes grown?

This is predominantly red-wine country, with Sangiovese being by far the most grown grape. Sangiovese grapes thrive in long, warm summers, prefer sun-drenched high-ish altitudes, but don't appreciate too much heat. It produces wines which are typically high in both tannins  and acidity. A small proportion of white grapes are grown.

This is predominantly red-wine country.

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What is distinctive about it?

Unforgettable, undulating landscapes dotted with cypresses and pines; olive groves – and vineyards.

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Chianti was first mentioned as a wine in 1398.

Wine forms part of the region’s ancient history.

How do you spot a good bottle?

Within the Italian classification system, Tuscany has 11 DOCGs (the highest rank), of which Brunello di Montalcino is perhaps the king. Chianti from certain sub-regions has the same classification. 

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The region has also become famous for the Super Tuscans (notably in Bolgheri) which tend to incorporate French grapes.

What are its classic dishes?

Papa al pomodoro (tomato soup) – the perfect match with Sangiovese, as is any tomato-based dish; along with bistecca, lardo, and crostini topped with duck liver paste.

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Imagine yourself there...

Order in a pizza, open a bottle of Chianti, load up Stealing Beauty, and settle in for the evening.

 

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