Course: Understanding Wine

Class 6: Traveling the Old World


Several of Italy's best-known wines come from this beautiful region of rolling hills, anchored by the city of Florence in central-western Italy.



Chianti, the name of the growing region and the wine, lies at the heart of Tuscany in terms of both geography and importance. At the core of many Chianti blends is the Sangiovese grape, and the wine itself ranges from simple and straight forward to deeply colored and ageworthy.



Other important Tuscan areas include Montalcino, which produces the famous red Brunello di Montalcino, also made from the Sangiovese grape, and Bolgheri, the most interesting emerging region of Italy, known for its "super Tuscan" wines which are frequently made with international varieties. The Trebbiano grape makes some nice whites throughout Tuscany.


Climate and Geography

The region...

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