The best Tuscan wine!
Wine from Tuscany
The best known Italian wine is the wine from Tuscany. However, only a handful of names sound familiar to us. The majority of appellations and grape varieties are still terra incognita for most people. However, Tuscany can surely surprise as a wine region.
The history of the Tuscan wine goes back a long way in the past. Etruria - as the region was called in ancient history - was the land of the Etruscans, which in the 8th century BC. was already known for making wine. Even then the Tuscan wine, wich had a particularly good quality, was exported to southern Italy and to ancient Gaul.
Tuscan wine was also celebrated in the Middle Ages. In 1282 the wine sellers even formed their own guild: Arte dei Vinattieri. During that time, Tuscany produced mainly red wine and Montalcino was already a separate appellation. The oldest mention of Chianti dates from 1398 and was about white wine.
Modern history, in the field of wine, did not always give rise to roses and manches. By 1960, Tuscany had a particularly difficult time. Economic shifts, but especially the degradation of wine quality was the basis of this malaise.
The seventies brought new investments and the region recovered. It is during this period that the 'supertoscans' originated: top wines that shone outside the line of existing appellations, thus causing a wave of renewal in Tuscany.