Wine in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most important wine areas. Some of the most fantastic wines are produced here. And some of Local Living’s country houses produce wine too that tastes quite excellent.

The wines are very typical Italian, but it is also in Tuscany that some of the most exciting wine experiments happen. Chianti is perhaps the most well known wine from Tuscany. This is owed to 16% of Italy’s combined production is called Chianti – this translates to 170 million liters a year.

The bast bottle has become famous in the whole world, and today Tuscany produces quality wines in the finest class. The so-called “super-Tuscans” can be classified as absolute quality in a class by itself. They are usually not sold on bast bottles, but rather Bordeaux or Bourgogne bottles.

The “super-Tuscan” wines may not be called Chianti, and are not classified as IGT rather than DOC.

There are four districts in Tuscany that are especially remarkable:

  • Chianti Classico
  • Area around the city Scansano (wine: Morellino di Scansano);
  • Area around the city Montepulciano (most prominent wine: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano);
  • Area around the city Montalcino (most prominent wine: Brunello di Montalcino)

These districts all stand out, and they have the Sangiovese grape in common, even though it is called something different all four places.

There are also a few exciting areas closer to the ocean – around Livorno, where a lot of the wine yards cultivate organic red wines. If you are in the vicinity of this area, you must visit these places:

  • Bulichella by Suvereto. We’re talking about an exciting organic wine tards with its own small boutique and wine tasting. Speak to Alessandro and his dad.
  • Chiappini by Castagneto, which is also an organic farm with own boutique and wine tasting with a view to the wine fields. Family driven and with lots of passion and energy. Load up the car here!

Wine in Umbria

Climatically seen Umbria is very well suited for the wine farming, with its very mild winters and warm summers. The blowing tempered winds cool the grapes in the otherwise warm sun, while the earth’s crust is enriched by clay, gravel and sand and abundance of limestone all helps growth.

Umbria has to DOCG areas, Torgiano Rosso Riserva and Sagrantino di Montefalco and an additional 11 DOC classified areas.  When it comes to the production of red wine, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is often used, while the production of white wines use many and different grape sorts; Chardonnay, Grachetto, Malvasii and Trebbiano. Historically, it is Orvieto that defines Umbrian wine, in the olden days, it was a sweet, golden wine. You can still taste it.  It is also called Abboccato. Then regular Soave is a dry, modern white wine made on the work-grape, Trebbiano.

When it comes to red wines, Umbria have for many years been overshadowed by its neighbor, Tuscany, but e.g. the two DOCG’s Montefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Riserva help bring the areas excellent wines into the public’s spotlight.

The Umbrian wine of the future comes from the area just south of the Trasimeno lake by the cities Perugia, Assisi and Torgiano. The last has given its name to some very, very good red wines. In the large valley south of Torgiano, a new quality wine district is forming: Sagrantino di Montefalco. Sagrantino is the local grape, while Montefalco is the central city.