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.
Italian wines are as delicious as they are complex. Here is a crash course on the wonderful wines of Italy!
The Popularity Of Italian Wine
Italian wine is extremely popular. In fact, vino from Italy is the largest source of imported wine in the United States. Italy is also the largest producer of wine in the entire world, beating out France.
How Long Has Italy Been Producing Wine?
Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Italian winemakers have been crafting delectable vino since the 2nd Century B.C., so they really know their stuff!
You learned in our last post All About Old World Wine
that wines can be labeled either old world or new world. What exactly
is new world wine? What countries produce new world wine? What are the
naming conventions used for new world wine? How does it differ in taste
from old world wine? Keep reading to find out the answers to these
questions as well as about the delicious new world wine varieties we
produce at Land O Lakes Winery.
What Is New World Wine?
The wine experts over at Wine Folly define new world wine as wines that come from any country where Vitis vinifera grapes had to be imported.
Wine may come from all over the world, but did you know that it technically only falls into two worldly categories? That’s right! All wine can be classified as either old world or new world. Keep reading to learn all about old world wine, including the countries it is made in, naming conventions, taste characteristics, and the delicious old world wine varieties we have on hand at Land O Lakes Winery.
What Is Old World Wine?
Wine Folly defines old world wine as wines that are from any country or region where “winemaking (with Vitis vinifera grapes) first originated.”
While some wines do get better with age, 99% of all the wine produced in the world actually doesn’t. So, which wines are age worthy and which ones should you drink right away? Keep reading as we explore what makes wine age worthy as well as five popular wines that are meant for cellaring and five types of vino you should enjoy sooner rather than later.
What Makes Wine Age Worthy?
The 1% of age worthy wines on the market lend themselves to cellaring because they have specific characteristics that allow them to become better with time. These traits include:
- High acidity levels
- Moderate to high tannins
- Either low, balanced or high alcohol levels depending on the type of wine
- Higher residual sugar levels
- Low VA (volatile acidity)