Regions and Appellations Italy Tuscany

Tuscan Wine

Tuscany is the most enduringly famous of all Italian wine regions, thanks to the romantic glamor of its endless rolling hills, cypress-lined country roads and hilltop villages. But even without all of this, evaluated on the merits of its wines alone, Tuscany stands tall, its reputation founded on such iconic wines as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Situated in central Italy, Tuscany's neighbors are Liguria and Emilia-Romagna to the north, Umbria and Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. Its western boundary is formed by the Tyrrhenian Sea. As is the case with almost all of Italy's 20 regions, Tuscany has a long wine history; it can be traced back as far as the fifth century BC. (© Wine-Searcher)

A classic Tuscan landscape

Today, Tuscany is one of the most famous and prolific wine regions anywhere in Europe. Its vineyards produce an array of internationally recognised wines in various styles. These go far beyond the well-known reds, and include dry whites such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano and sweet wines both white (Vin Santo) and red (Elba Aleatico Passito). The region's top wines are officially recognised and protected by a raft of DOC and DOCG titles. See Italian Wine Labels.

Climate is a vital factor in this region's success as a wine region. Warm, temperate coastal areas are contrasted by inland areas (particularly those in the rolling hills for which the region is so famous), where increased diurnal temperature variation helps to maintain the grapes' balance of sugars, acidity and aromatics. One variety that particularly thrives on these hillside vineyards is Tuscany’s signature red grape, Sangiovese.

Arguably the most important of all Italian wine grapes, Sangiovese is the mainstay variety in almost all of Tuscany's top reds. Its long history and broad regional distribution means that it has acquired various names. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, whence Brunello di Montalcino. In Montepulciano, it is known as Prugnolo Gentile. Under the name Morellino it is the grape used to make Morellino di Scansano. Sangiovese also features in Chianti, in which it is joined by small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, as well as increasing quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

With the rise of the Super Tuscans, the most famous of which come from Bolgheri, Cabernet Sauvignon has become a much more prominent variety in Tuscany. But despite the relatively recent appearance of such 'international' French varieties in Tuscan wines, native varieties still reign supreme.

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Most Popular Tuscan Wine

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon 8th 95 $288
Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Cabernet - Sangiovese 15th 93 $136
Masseto Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Merlot 26th 95 $837
Marchesi Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Cabernet - Sangiovese 37th 95 $313
Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy Bordeaux Blend Red 38th 94 $233
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 74th 95 $140
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 122nd 94 $229
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 148th 92 $62
Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Sangiovese 149th 94 $182
Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Sangiovese 163rd 95 $109
Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy Sangiovese 194th 94 $584
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy Bordeaux Blend Red 195th 93 $115
Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 196th 90 $66
Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 215th 93 $103
Ornellaia 'Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Rosso, Tuscany, Italy Bordeaux Blend Red 223rd 91 $58
Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera Toscana IGT - Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 230th 93 $619
Tenuta San Guido 'Guidalberto' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 233rd 91 $47
Petrolo Galatrona Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany, Italy Merlot 240th 94 $101
Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 313th 94 $84
San Giusto a Rentennano 'Percarlo' Sangiovese Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese 335th 94 $110
Castellare di Castellina 'I Sodi di San Niccolo' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend 340th 93 $87
Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Merlot - Sangiovese 346th 93 $110
Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Merlot 382nd 94 $231
Ornellaia 'Le Volte dell'Ornellaia' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Cabernet - Merlot - Sangiovese 398th 89 $26
Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG, Italy Sangiovese 402nd 93 $84
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