A wine tasting is a perfect activity to do when in Italy. Especially a Tuscany wine tasting, is a must-do. The wine map of Tuscany is a mosaic of flavours and styles where each bottle reflects its own story. Whether you prefer red or white wines, Tuscany has a wine waiting for you to be discovered and enjoyed. From the bold flavours of Chianti to the smooth notes of Brunello, every sip takes you on a journey through Italian perfection. Wine tastings in Tuscany are a party for your taste buds. Imagine yourself sitting in a cozy winery, surrounded by vineyard landscapes, as you sip one fantastic wine after another.
Poggio al Bosco winery
We visited the Poggio al Bosco winery for a Tuscany wine tasting. Poggio al Bosco is a family winery where they produce delicious wines and olive oils. Their organic farm was founded in 1960 by the great-grandfather Giovanni. The winery is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the heart of the Chianti region. The name of the winery says something about the surrounded area. As the winery says on its website: “Poggio in Tuscan language means hill and bosco is forest: our vineyards lie on a hill surrounded by green woods.”
The family is extremely kind and welcoming. They work very hard, which pays off in the finest tastes of wines and olive oils. Not only will you taste delicious flavours, you will also have a very enjoyable and educational afternoon.
The tasting starts with a tour on the winery to show you the vineyard and olive grove. Then you get seated on a cute terrace where you are introduced to varies wines. In between the wine tasting, you get some bread with olive oil to neutralize your senses. While tasting all the wines, you will be told about the making process, as well as how the wines got their names. At the end of the wine tasting, you will be able to buy wines and other products in their store. We bought a Chianti red wine, truffle olive oil and normal olive oil. In this way, we were able to enjoy Tuscany flavours at home.
Iconic wines from Tuscany
Now, I would like to introduce you to the five most popular wines this beautiful region has to offer. By going through the list below, you will know exactly where to go in Tuscany to taste your preferred wines.
Chianti is the ‘superstar’ of the wines in Tuscany. Not only the wine has to be made in the Chianti region, a wine can only be named a ‘Chianti wine’ if it consist of the Sangiovese grape for at least 80%. The Sangiovese grape is a thin-skinned grape which makes the wine light-coloured. For a long time, Chianti wines were simple, low-quality red wines. The wines were best know for the decorative ‘basket bottles’ in which the wines were bottled. The quality of the Chianti wines are nowadays much better than before. The wine has high acidity and therefore tastes very good with food. Especially with red sauces, red meat, lamb or game, the wine combines very well.
The Chianti wine region stretches among the historical cities of Florence, Siena, and Pisa. Combine culture sniffing with tasting unique wines! Hopefully you also choose to visit winery Poggio al Bosco for a Tuscany wine tasting.
Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most famous red wines in Tuscany. It is an elegant red wine crafted exclusively from the Sangiovese grape variety in the Montalcino region. Characterized by its depth, complexity, and the ability to age gracefully, Brunello is the most expensive classic wine in Tuscany. One of the distinctive features of Brunello is its aging process. By law, the wine must be aged for a minimum of four years after the harvest, with at least two years spent in oak barrels. Brunello often exhibits intense red fruit flavours like cherry and plum, complemented by earthy notes, leather, and sometimes a hint of tobacco. This rich flavoured wine is a fantastic companion to Tuscan dishes, such a wild boar, game meats, and aged cheeses.
About 40 kilometers south of Siena, Brunello di Montalcino can be found on a hill with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. A must visit for both the wine and the beautiful surroundings!
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Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Vernaccia di San Gimignano can be seen as the signature white wine of Tuscany. It holds the distinction of being one of the first Italian wines to receive the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) destignation in 1966. In 1993, the wine was also awarded DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status. The wine is made from the Vernaccia grape variety, which is believed to be one of the oldest native white grape varieties in Italy. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is celebrated for its crisp acidity and bright, refreshing character. The wine often displays noted of green apple, citrus, and a subtle floral aroma. This signature white wine of Tuscany is an excellent companion to the local cuisine. Its vibrant acidity makes the wine a perfect match for seafood dishes, pasta pesto, and light appetizers.
Curious about this delicious white wine? Then be sure to visit the San Gimignano area!
Emerged in the 1970s, Super Tuscans are a rebellious response to the strict winemaking regulations of the time. The wines are a category of high-quality wines that often blend traditional Tuscan varieties with international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Super Tuscans offered winemakers the freedom to create wines with a modern and international appeal. This resulted in wines that are know for its bold, modern style. Some well-known Super Tuscan wines are ‘Sassicaia’, ‘Tignanello’, ‘Ornellaia’, ‘Masseto’, and ‘Gaudo al Tasso’. The wines, with their bold and robust profiles, pair well with rich and flavourful dishes, such as hearty pasta dishes, grilled meats, or aged cheeses.
Super Tuscans do not exist in a specific region. At present, approximately 100 wineries are exploring a variety of international and local grape types through experimentation. Are you open to a mix of traditional and innovation when it comes to wines? Then be sure to taste the Super Tuscans wines!
Vin Santo is a sweet dessert wine. The wine is often made from the white grape varieties like Trebbiano and Malvasia. The grapes are dried before fermentation, which gives the concentration of sugar a boost. After fermentation, the wine is aged in small barrels for a long period. Vin Santo has a beautiful amber colour and flavours of dried fruits, honey, and nuts. Typically, this sweet wine is enjoyed as a dessert wine and pairs wonderfully with cantucci, traditional almond biscuits. The name “Vin Santo” translates to “Holy Wine”, which reflects its historical and cultural significance in Italian winemaking. Vin Santo is a delightful way to end a meal, offering a taste of sweetness from Tuscany.
The vineyards that grow the Trebbiano and Malvasia, essential grapes for Vin Santo, are spread across the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany. So you can find this delicious dessert wine in many places in Tuscany. Cheers to the sweet side of Tuscany!
Thank you for reading my blog post! I hope you added the Poggio al Bosco Tuscany wine tasting on your list for your trip. Have fun enjoying the flavours the region has to offer!
Lots of love,