Tuscany is a land of mountains, rolling hills, and Mediterranean coastline. Here the grape variety Sangiovese is king, but you will also find many international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which also thrive here, particularly on the coastal areas of the Maremma.
Chianti is arguably its most famous wine coming from the mountainous region between Siena and Florence. Chianti Classico is the heartland of the region and where its best wines can be found. Chianti is largely formed of Sangiovese but can additions of other local Tuscan varieties such as Colorino and Ciliegiolo and a small part of international varieties are allowed too.
Montalcino is an area of around 2,000 hectares of vineyards around the historic town. Here, only Sangiovese is allowed to make the famous Brunello di Montalcino and its younger released version Rosso di Montalcino. Brunello is widely regarded as one of the peninsula's greatest wines, released a minimum 5 years after the vintage, but can age for decades. Brunello reaches its pinnacle with the wines of Biondi Santi and Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera, exquisite wines that carry a hefty price tag.
On the coastal part of Tuscany, known as the Maremma is where Sangiovese takes a backstage and the Bordeaux varieties take the lead. The small region of Bolgheri shot to fame with the explosion of the Super Tuscans, wines that defied the Italian laws by planting, what was then, illegal grape varieties. Nowadays, many of these wines have become Italy's 'Blue Chip' wines such as Sassicaia, Ornellaiaand Camarcanda. It may be argued that these wines have lost a little of their 'Italian-ness' but not so in my opinion, they just offer a different expression.
Tuscany still has much to discover, even for the hardened enthusiast. Our selections are rigorously chosen for their quality and value, but most of all their expression of authenticity.
No other producer in Italy has achieved so much acclaim through producing excellence as Gaja. Originally a producer from Piedmont, but in the 1990s branched out into Tuscany with two wineries: Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino and this one, Ca Marcanda in Bolgheri. Promis is the starter of the three reds produced here, being a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese and is a masterclass in finesse. The palate is inky and dense but there is underlying richness and structure, the tannins are powerful but melting in texture. 2016 is an excellent vintage in this part of the world, and it shows in abundance in this wine
Monte Guelfo is a great value Chianti produced by Famiglia Cecchi one of the region's largest, but quality focussed producers. The wine is fresh and light with wild cherry and sour cherry notes together with Victoria plums and saddle leather. All in all, a wine that offers the delicious up-front fruit of Sangiovese with a bit of Tuscan style.