Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy, are responsible for many of Italy’s best known and loved wines, and indeed some of the world’s. Explore the region on an incredible Tuscany wine trip.
Tuscany wine vacations, Italy, are vast and varied – with vineyards that have continental climates and suit the indigenous Sangiovese grape and its various clones, while others are located on the seaside and sun-kissed by the Mediterranean which works its magic on the classic Bordeaux varietals to create the now legendary Super Tuscans.
At Wine Paths, our local expert organizes special private vineyard holidays in Tuscany like Chianti, Maremma Toscana, Montepulciano, Montalcino and even the iconic city of Florence, where you will walk through the vineyards to learn their individual stories, to see the vines, soils and sumptuous surroundings with your own eyes, and gain a deep understanding of the terrific Tuscan terroir. A Tuscany wine trip will be followed by tasting the wines of these treasured vineyards.
Tuscany stunned the world with superbly structured Super Tuscans made from the Bordeaux varietals in the Bolgheri DOC next to the Mediterranean. Sit back and sip and wonder how this sublime stuff was ever labelled table wine or Vino da tavola. It is still only classified as DOC and hasn’t been upgraded to DOCG status yet, despite making some of Italy’s most prized and expensive wines.
A Super Tuscan vineyard in Bolgheri is typically planted with French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot, although the locals are not totally excluded and Sangiovese does put in an appearance in some of the blends. Sit back and sip a Super Tuscan mega blend like Sassicaia and Ornellaia, or a pure Merlot such as Masseto, and wonder how this sublime stuff was ever labelled table wine or Vino da tavola. It is still only classified as DOC and hasn’t been upgraded to DOCG status yet, despite making some of Italy’s most prized and expensive wines. Maremma, once a swampy area that was drained and reclaimed by Mussolini, represents the new Super Tuscan vineyard where some relative bargains can be snapped up.
A Tuscany vineyard holiday goes to the heart of Chianti Classico DOCG, source of most sublime Chianti, and well beyond to explore the Sangiovese grape in its various guises. Cosimo III de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, legally classified some of Chianti’s key winemaking hotspots on September 24, 1716, to create Chianti Classico, which is the oldest official wine region in Italy and quite possibly the world. It is the cradle of the Sangiovese grape which has different expressions depending on which part of Chianti Classico the wine hails from. For example, the wines of Gaiole have firm tannins and a tangy kick, while Radda and Castellina are vibrant and perfumed.
Brunello, a clone of Sangiovese from the warmer Brunello di Moltalcino DOCG, makes more full-bodied and more intense wines than Classico, which can age for even longer. The combination of sandy soils and a more southerly location sees Brunello ripen before its regional rivals, as well as ripen fully, and it often avoids the rains that can blight the harvest elsewhere. Vino Nobile de Montepulciano is made from yet another clone of Sangiovese, known as Prugnolo, and became the first Italian wine to be awarded the most prestigious DOCG classification.
Tuscany wine vacations allow wine lovers to stay right at the heart of the vinous action and enable visitors to tap right into Tuscan terroir. Not only can you relax among the vines and sleep very soundly having imbibed the wine they create on the spot, you can also meet the winemakers, as well as visit the wineries and vineyards.