The Wines Of Italy: Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Join us as we explore this amazing region and discuss popular Tuscan wines, including the famous Super Tuscans!

Where Exactly Is Tuscany?

Located in central Italy and considered the heart of the country, Tuscany stretches from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Apennine Mountains. This famous Italian wine region is also home to the famous Italian cities of Florence, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano.

Tuscany’s Subregion Of Chianti

Chianti is both a type of Italian wine and a subregion of Tuscany. It is the main subregion of Tuscany and stretches 100 miles from the north of Florence through Siena and includes eight subzones:

  • Chianti Classico
  • Chianti Colli Aretini
  • Chianti Colli Fiorentini
  • Chianti Colli Senesi
  • Chianti Colline Pisane
  • Chianti Montalbano
  • Chianti Montespertoli
  • Chianti Rufina

Sangiovese

The most widely planted grape in Tuscany is Sangiovese. This red powerhouse is native to Tuscany and the chief or sole grape in almost all Tuscan red wines.

The Other Red Tuscan Grapes

While Sangiovese tends to dominate the majority of vineyards in Tuscany, there are a few other red grapes that are used in winemaking. Other red Tuscan grapes include:

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc

Popular White Tuscan Grapes

White wine is not as popular in Tuscany as red. In fact, a whopping three quarters of all the wine produced in Tuscany is actually red. That being said, there are a few white Tuscan grapes that are used for winemaking, including: 

  • Trebbiano
  • Vermentino
  • Vernaccia
  • Malvasia 

5 Popular Tuscan Wines

1. Chianti

Chianti is one of the most well-known wines in all of Italy. Made from the Sangiovese grape, this popular dry red wine typically has distinctive flavors of cherries, plums, blackberry, cocoa, herbs, spices, and tomatoes. 

2. Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is a complex Tuscan red wine that is made from 100% Sangiovese and typically has flavor characteristics of cherries, dried fig, hazelnut, dried rose, and leather. Due to its high tannin and alcohol content, Brunello di Montalcino can age for years. 

3.  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Tuscan winemakers have been crafting Vino Nobile di Montepulciano for centuries. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is not the same as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, has strict requirements and must contain at least 70% Sangiovese and be aged for a minimum of two years. Depending on its age, the flavor characteristics of a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can range from ripe red fruit and spices to plum, tobacco, leather, and candied fruit. 

4. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is considered Tuscany’s best white wine. It is typically high in acid with tart apple and citrus flavors.

5. Super Tuscan

Super Tuscans are a blend of Sangiovese and other grapes that are not indigenous to Italy, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Because Super Tuscans are blended, their flavor characteristics will vary depending on the different grapes the winemakers decide to use. 

Our Super Tuscan

The Super Tuscan made on site at Land O Lakes Winery is just the right blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes. This assertive wine has firm tannins and a bouquet of fresh raspberries supported by subtle hints of vanilla and earth and a concentrated palate of blackberries and black pepper.

Come Taste Land O Lake’s Delicious Super Tuscan!

Come visit us at the Land O Lakes Winery tasting room to try our Super Tuscan as well as our other delicious Italian varietals. You can also visit our online store