Vini Toscani: Un viaggio tra origini e territori

Tuscan Wines: A journey between origins and territories

Tuscan wines

The origins

Tuscan wines derive from a history that dates back to 500 BC, in particular the Etruscans initially produced it. The Tuscan wine-culture has an almost millennial history , intense and widespread throughout the region.

Wine during the Middle Ages represented an essential drink to be consumed present in all daily diets . Any social class assumed the wine products on a daily basis. The vineyards rose in every area of ​​the Tuscan territory, sometimes they rose in the most hidden parts of the city including in the monasteries thanks to the Vallombrosans and the Benedictines.

To consume the Tuscan wines were also wealthy families such as the Antinori, Ricasoli and Frescobaldi families, the latter already cultivating and producing wine on these wonderful hills since the medieval period.

Around 1282, however, the Arte dei Vinattieri was established in the city of Florence. the Arte dei Vinattieri organized and managed the commercial side of Tuscan wine both in the countryside and in the cities.

In 1716 an amendment was proclaimed by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III where he classified four wine parts for the first time, distinguishing them by name . Among these were Chianti , Valdarno Superiore , Pomino and Carmignano .

Over time, after other changes, Tuscany had a particular recognition of the first DOC Italy thanks to Vernaccia di San Gimignano. As for the Tuscan wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are the first Italian wine drinks to have the DOCG recognition.

Tuscan red wines

Tuscan red wines are highly appreciated both in Italy and globally , among the most popular wine drinks are: Brunello di Montalcino , Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano . These products have allowed the region to be recognized for the high quality of these items, representing it as a symbol of the enology of the Italian country.

In Tuscany red wine drinks are also produced with international grapes including: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Suvignon and Merlot .

Chianti red wine

The Tuscan Chianti wine is made exclusively with grapes originating from Sangiovese vines . The drink ranks among the best due to its dry taste , its bright color and an intense and appreciable smell .

On the bottle of traditional Chianti there is a black rooster that specifically symbolizes the Military League of Chianti . It is in the detail of a brend that differentiates the labels of this Tuscan wine drink.

Tuscan White Wines

White wines are definitely famous in Tuscany and around the world due to their high quality like reds.

It is good to know that up to the Renaissance period white wine was more consumed than red. Some sources claim that this drink was the most requested and consumed by King Frederick II of France .

The origins of Tuscan white wine are more antiquated , since they begin with Pliny the Elder (1st century AD). In general , in the past white wine was produced in a more accentuated way.

Subsequently around 1282 the wine sellers settled within the company of the Arte dei Vinattieri, and it was in this historical period that the first appearances of predominantly white grape varieties were born, including Trebbiano, Greco and Malvasie .

In summary, the Tuscan as well as Italian wine was appreciated exactly like the red ones by the people.

Production of Tuscan white wines

Tuscan white wines are made with both international and autochthonous vines from which specific aromas are extracted that originate in particular from certain properties of the air and the soil in which the vines are fixed.

Among the types of white wine that has established itself as a delicious and prestigious is La Vernaccia di San Gimignano . It is the only white wine product that has been awarded the DOCG label.

This wine drink can be served at a temperature ranging between 8 and 10 ° C. In general it is optimal to be consumed as an aperitif. In addition, the dishes with which it is excellent to savor are: first specialties of white sauces, meat, fish, eggs, various fried foods, etc.

It is a product that is made particularly in the territory of San Gimignano , its composition is given by grapes that come from the Vernaccia vine of the homonymous place for about 85% .

To produce it can also be used other vines that have permission to be used , which are above all capable of being cultivated in Tuscany, with a maximum level of 15% . Finally, the use of Sauvignon or Riesling grape varieties is allowed individually or together for a maximum of 10%.

This delicious Tuscan white wine has a straw yellow color with refractions tending to golden. The perceptible smell gives a pleasure to the nose as it has a fruity, elegant, refined and highly delicate scent. As for the taste , however, it has a dry, dry, savory and harmonious flavor.

In addition to this specific, popular and high quality article there are also other Tuscan white wines, also appreciated: Bianco di Pitigliano , Bolgheri , Parrina , Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario , Colli di Luni , Candia dei of the Apuan Hills, Pomino DOC , Montesculdaio , Colline Lucchesi , Monteregio di Massa Marittima and Montecarlo .

San Guido estate

The name of Tenuta San Guido is irresolubly linked to the provenance of a popular wine, considered by the majority of the population as the best binding product in the world , namely Sassicaia . This wine item has reached unexpected milestones with every passing year , as it has achieved worldwide fame in a short time due to its flavor and its quality considered optimal .

It is a wonderful estate that has witnessed many wine successes in the wine sector. The latter produces two other labels in addition to Sassicaia wine, that is, it produces Guidalberto , from Merlot, Suvignon and Cabernet grapes, and Le Difese. The latter is an IGT made from Sangiovese and Cabernet.

Pian delle Vigne

Tenuta Pian delle Vigne is located in Italy at a distance of about 6 kilometers southwest of Montalcino. It is a large and vast area that encompasses 184 hectares. The wines made from this area called as the Pin delle Vigne estate are high quality and decidedly prestigious products.

The Antinori family bought the estate in 1995 , this period represents the period of the harvest of the first Pian delle Vigne wine made.

inside large barrels so as to allow optimal aging. This process allows the wine to have that vibrant peculiarity that makes Brunello refined, delicate and elegant.

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