Galicia, Tuscany, Chianti

Tuscany is the oldest wine region in Italy, with a long history dating back over 2700 years. The region is on the Western coast of Italy, stretching from the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the Apennine mountains, with the majority of the region being quite hilly.

Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eighth biggest producer of wine. Much of this can be attributed to the hilly terroir and poor soils leading to lower yields, but generally higher quality wines. The region produces far more red than white wine and is responsible for two of the most famous Italian red wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Chianti was first classified in 1716, and the region of Tuscany now has 29 DOC and 7 DOCG classifications. In the 1970s 'Super Tuscan' wines emerged of supreme quality, commanding very high prices. Although they were initially produced outside the DOC or DOCG zones, most of the regions have since been classified, though some producers still opt to use the simpler and less restrictive IGT labelling.

The famous red wine Chianti is based on the Sangiovese variety, though is most commonly blended with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of multiple grapes is common, even Bordeaux blends can be found. White wines produced include Vermentino, Vernaccia, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
Chianti (pronounced "key-an-tee") is a red blend from Tuscany, Italy. Made predominantly with Sangiovese grapes, the flavours of the wine tend to lean to the red-fruited spectrum. Chianti is a small region within Tuscany, but a wine calling itself “Chianti” is allowed to be made almost anywhere in Tuscany. There are 8 different sub-regions within Chianti - Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano, Montespertoli, Classico, Rùfina and Colli Fiorentini - that all have different ageing criteria for the Chanti produced 9anywhere from 6 months to over a year). The truest examples of the style come from Chianti Classico. Both Chianti Classico and Chianti Rufina are likely to be of higher quality since they are made in smaller quantities from distinct historical areas.
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  1. RENZO MASI BASCIANO CHIANTI RISERVA DOCG 2016 - PRE-ARRIVAL
    Winner of a Gold medal at the Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Award for Meininger's Magazine 2018. A nose of complex earthy spices and a more obvious oak character (16 months in 40% new French Barriques) speak of the quality of this wine ... Learn More
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