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The viticultural tradition of Tuscany dates back to the time of the Etruscans, with over 2000 years of prestigious history that still today keeps this region at the top of world enology.
The rolling Tuscan hills are the beautiful environment in which the vine is perfectly at ease, offering the bunches for the elaboration of great wines, as well as a respectable production also from a quantitative point of view, with about 2,772. 000 hl in 2009.
Tuscany is the kingdom of Sangiovese, a vine native to this region, which occupies over half of the area under vines. But it is not an "easy" vine as well as having a medium-late maturation, it is best expressed only if the position guarantees perfect exposure and insolation, ideal microclimate and altitude.
Other local vines now widespread in other regions are Tuscan trebbiano, long white or Tuscan malvasia, San Gimignano vernaccia, ansonica and black canaiolo.
If you go to the wines, among the most famous, you should immediately mention the Chianti DOCG, from which the independent DOCG of the Chianti Classico has detached itself a few years ago. Created by Baron Bettino Ricasoli, Chianti was among the first wines to cross the borders following our emigrants in America; exported in the typical flasks, become so famous as to create the very image of this wine in the world. Even today it is by far the most produced wine in Italy.
Another wine known all over the world is the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, obtained from sangiovese, locally called brunello.
Tuscan places inextricably linked to the world of wine are also Montepulciano, San Gimignano and Carmignano, with the respective DOCG, Bolgheri and others, where wines of great prestige are produced.
Along the Tyrrhenian coast and in the same island of Elba are cultivated vermentino, ansonica and aleatico, the latter also elaborated in beautiful passive versions.
Going down again, towards the province of Grosseto there are other realities like that of the DOCG Morellino di Scansano, obtained from the Morellino vine, another name of the Sangiovese, of a bright ruby ​​color and with scents of violets and blackberries.
In addition to the wines of the very important Denominations of Origin, Tuscany has come to the forefront of the world enology with some Supertuscan wines of great class, soft and elegant, obtained mainly from cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, merlot and partly syrah and pinot noir. Initially put on the market as table wines, today they are all IGT.
Finally, Tuscan wine production has a common denominator, Vin Santo and Vin Santo Occhio di pernice, produced in many different denominations and types for sugar residue; the first is above all based on Tuscan Trebbiano, the second of Sangiovese.

Tuscany Numbers:

22,990
Km sq surface area
11
DOCG
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7
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Information about Tuscany

Region
Tuscany
Country
Italy
Morphology of the land
Plain: 67%   Hill: 25%   Mountain: 8%
Climate and soil
The climate is generally mild, especially in the coastal strip. The coast is often beaten by the Scirocco, a hot humid wind from Africa, which causes frequent rainfall. The Apennine chains protect the region from the cold winds that blow from the north east.
History
The area between the Arno and the Tiber was the territory of the Etruscans or Tuschi in the pre-Roman era. The name of the Region in those times was Etruria or Tuscia. Subsequently from Tuscia the name of Tuscany was formed. With the decline of the Empire, there was an apparent abandonment of the Tuscan vineyards, but certainly the recovery, facilitated by the monastic orders, already began in the early Middle Ages, as evidenced by documents from the Badia a Coltibuono, very active around the ninth century, in which we talk in detail about the culture of life. A clear recovery of viticulture in Tuscany is already in the year 1100, when the vineyards begin to grow denser, even in the center of Florence stood the church of S. Maria delle Vigne, now known as Santa Maria Novella.
Typical products
In Tuscany there are 6 DOCG: Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and in addition, a large number of DOC, IGT and VdT. Tuscany is a wine district with a very ancient history: the interest in wines in straw-wrapped flasks began to spread in the Renaissance and the powerful merchants of Florence always offered their guests the Chianti wines, in the famous fiasco.
Typical dishes
Among the most tasty first courses are the pappardelle with hare and the pheasant broth served with croutons fried in butter, the Florentine mess and the bomb of Lunigiana rice, which derives from Emilia. There are also numerous second courses, on which stands the Florentine steak, rib steak cut high, well cooked on the outside but rosy or blood inside, sometimes served as a cut. The veal stew is pleasant with oil, garlic and rosemary, as well as the stagnotto alla fiorentina, a piece of slowly cooked beef with aromatic herbs, tomato and wine, and the peposo, that is beef stew overcooked in wine, tomato, aromatic herbs and plenty of black pepper. The most representative dessert of Tuscany and widespread nationwide is the panforte, prepared with flour, sugar, almonds and abundant candied fruit, rich and worthy complement to the meal of a day of celebration, surrounded by delicious ricciarelli.
DOCG
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Elba Aleatico Passito o Aleatico Passito dell'Elba
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Montecucco Sangiovese
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Suvereto
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Val di Cornia Rosso o Rosso della Val di Cornia
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Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario
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Barco Reale di Carmignano o Vin Santo di Carmignano
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Bianco dell'Empolese
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Bianco di Pitigliano
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Candia dei Colli Apuani
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Capalbio
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Colli dell'Etruria Centrale
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Colline Lucchesi
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Elba
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Grance Senesi
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Montecarlo
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Monteregio di Massa Marittima
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Montescudaio
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Moscadello di Montalcino
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Parrina
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Rosso di Montepulciano
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San Gimignano
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San Torpè
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Sovana
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Terratico di Bibbona
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Terre di Casole
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Terre di Pisa
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Val d'Arbia
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Val di Cornia
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Valdichiana
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Valdinievole
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Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
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Vin Santo di Montepulciano

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Producer Fattoria dei Barbi
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
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Producer Castello di Nipozzano (Frescobaldi)
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, 90% Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera
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Producer Jacopo Biondi Santi
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Banfi
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Castello di Montepo (Jacopo Biondi Santi)
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 95% Sangiovese Grosso
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Producer Banfi
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Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 80% Sangiovese
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Producer Tenuta di Sesta
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Producer Mastrojanni
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Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Casanova di Neri
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori)
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot
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Producer Cantine Leonardo da Vinci
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Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 10% Merlot, 85% Sangiovese
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Producer Castello di Radda
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Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Tignanello (Antinori)
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 5% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 85% Sangiovese
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Producer Antinori
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petit Verdot
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Producer Tenuta San Guido
Type Red still
Region: Tuscany
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Producer Cantine Leonardo da Vinci
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Producer Argiano
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Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Cantine Leonardo da Vinci
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Producer Castello di Bolgheri
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Region: Tuscany
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Producer Vallepicciola
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Producer Pianirossi
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Region: Tuscany
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Producer Tenuta di Nozzole (Folonari)
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Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Producer Tenuta Perano (Marchesi Frescobaldi)
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Producer Avignonesi
Type Red organic still
Region: Tuscany
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
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Producer Borgo Salcetino (Livon)
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Region: Tuscany
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