Tuscany is the most iconic of Italian regions. It has the beautiful cities of Pisa, Sienna and of course Florence. Chianti is its most famous wine and the food is wonderful. Let's see how we can put them together.
|Where is Tuscany?
Italian Name: Toscana
Major Grape varieties: Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Best known wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vin Santo
Food specialties: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Panzaella (bread salad), Chicken Cacciatora
The major wine region in Tuscany is of course Chianti and its subzones, but in fact there are a handful of other zones with DOCG status, plus over 30 other Zones accorded DOC status.
Many other wines are produced outside these official classifications, either because they are made from grapes grown outside the specified area or with grapes of a non-approved variety.