When in Italy, no real foodie experience is ever truly complete if the dishes you try aren’t paired with the perfect local wine. Wineries and wine cooperatives in Tuscany flourish thanks to the perfect climate and the geography of the territory, and offer a number of incredible productions that are sure to satisfy your every need in the wine department!
If you’re visiting Tuscany, there are many activities you can engage in, such as visiting major cities and exploring the history and art of these places, or shopping to your hearts content for souvenirs or local products and hand-made crafts. Another great opportunity would be to visit Tuscan wineries that dot the countryside just outside pretty much every city of the region, and take part in wine tasting tours or shop for wine directly at the source. If you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of your hotel or the bustle of Florence, Pisa or Arezzo, you can still experience the great wine tradition of Tuscany as you dine in the spectacular restaurants and trattorie in the city.
This brings us to a list of the 5 wines you should try during your trip to Tuscany. Some of them will be more expensive and out-of-reach for some of you than other wines on the list, but the price is well worth the quality, and all of it works towards creating an unforgettable experience: for you, your travelling companions, your taste buds and the dishes you might choose to pair, and impeccably so, to your choice of wine.
This wine is produced over a wide territory of Tuscany, in the provinces of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa, Pistoia and Prato. This wine goes well with many dishes of the Tuscan tradition and also with tomato-based sauces, which is why its often paired with pasta dishes.
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This type of Italian dessert wine is traditional here in Tuscany and is produced with Trebbiano and Malvasia grape varieties. It’s perfect when paired with typical Tuscan desserts and sweets, such as cantucci, a type of biscotti that can be dunked in the wine. The sweetness levels in this wine can vary between dry and extremely sweet varieties.
3.The Brunello di Montalcino:
This famous and excellent red wine is local of the area of the town of Montalcino, 120 km south of Florence and is produced with a variety of Sangiovese grape, that takes on the name of Brunello in the vineyards of this protected zone of Tuscany. This wine goes well paired with grilled meat and game, and for this reason it’s the best wine to pair with a classic and traditional Fiorentina.
4.The Vino Nobile of Montepulciano:
This red wine is produced with an amount of at least 70% Sangiovese grape, known locally as the Prugnolo gentile variety, and originates from the vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano.
5.The Bolgheri Sassicaia:
One of Italys most sophisticated and expensive wines, the Sassicaia is produced exclusively in the winery of Tenuta San Guido, located in a specific and area of the town of Castagneto Carducci. It’s a robust red wine, a perfect example of Italian Bordeaux-style wines.