Who likes wine will find in Italy the best destination for savory holidays, but is recommended to know the differences among the many labels and the features of each region. Tuscany is one of the richest regions for wine production; discover the local historical wine cellars to have a genuine tasting experience!
The quality labels for enogastronomy in Italy
DOC is a quality assurance label and means Controlled designation of origin, while DOCG means Controlled designation of origin guaranteed: each wine has to satisfy some defined requirements to have this seal on the bottle. We selected three top Tuscan wines and each one is related to a charming town to visit, an exclusive itinerary for demanding travelers.
Chianti, the land of quietness
Art, culture and gourmet meals, these are the ingredients of a wonderful recipe: Chianti area in Tuscany, a land of vineyards and sweet hills which borders with Arezzo, Siena and Florence provinces. Chianti Classico is a jewel in the crown of all the wines of this area, thanks to the microclimate and the varied soils, and is recognizable for its ruby-red color, the aromas of violets and irises with wild berry notes and a flavor of red and black cherries.
There are four towns where Chianti Classico is produced, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti, communes with medieval squares, small Romanesque churches and ancient villas, suggestive places where to spend a weekend in the sign of calm and quietness.
Spring and summer are the best seasons for a trip through these towns, but also autumn is a nice period if you like to closely see the grape harvest.
Montalcino, a must-see for gourmets
Montalcino rises in Val d’Orcia, close to the Crete Senesi, an amazing area with a distinctive grey color of the soil due to the clays, which are the sediments of the Pliocene sea, a recommended site if you like to take pictures during a holiday.
The town of Montalcino is renowned for the quality of its way of life and for Brunello di Montalcino, a red wine awarded with the first DOCG designation in 1980. A prestigious alternative to an usual itinerary is to book a private guided tour to Tuscany, which includes a stopover at Montalcino and a tasting of Brunello Reserve at an historical winery.
The main sights of this town are a medieval fortress built in 1361 located in the highest point of Montalcino and the Abbey of Saint Antimo, a Benedictine monastery which is a great example of Romanesque architecture. About the wine, the Brunello is made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes and the meaning of its name is little dark one; this wine is known for its bouquet of berries with underlying vanilla and spice, furthermore is one of the most-expensive wines in Italy, but is really worth.
The third wine we suggest is Noble Wine of Montepulciano, a wine with an aging period of 24 months, characterized by a dark cherry and rich plum aromas, and a tannic tea-leaf finish. This is one of the oldest wines in Italy, celebrated by the poet Francesco Redi, who wrote an ode Montepulciano d’ogni vino il Re!.
The hill town of Montepulciano is also famous for food: cheese, pork and pici pasta, so we recommend to have a lunch here during your tour. The easiest way to match a relaxing stay and a wine tasting is to choose a country hotel in Montepulciano, an hamlet surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The Borgo Tre Rose Estate is one of the greatest producers of wine and offers wine tasting tours at three different cellars, the ideal venues where to appreciate the wines awarded by Wine Spectator, Decanter and Slow Wine, the most prestigious guides worldwide. Follow our advices and plan your next trip to the land of charm!