LIQUOR / Tuscany
To many, Tuscany is the quintessential Italy; the seemingly endless rolling hills dotted with cypress and olive trees, the perfectly preserved fortress villages, the food, the wine, the light, the renaissance treasures that seem to inhabit every village. They all conspire to form an indelible and seductive impression on the visitor.
In wine terms too, Tuscany is the quintessential Italian wine region, and
most wine lovers have had at least some contact with the region's most famous
wine export, Chianti. Beyond that popular image though, Tuscany has been
the staging point for a 'vinous renaissance' that has transformed the Italian
wine industry and ushered in a new era of quality and innovation that continues
to reverberate in every wine producing region in Italy. The most
significant variety is Sangiovese, and this forms the basis for the most famous
wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano; the latter two being different
clones, Sangiovese Grosso. Tuscany is also home to the many famed so-called
Super Tuscans, such as Sassicaia,
Tignanello, Ceparello, Camartina and many more.