Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eight biggest producer. 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 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.
The Gisborne wine region is the first wine region in the world to see the new day's sun and was the first place Captain Cook hopped ashore as the first European to arrive in New Zealand. Located on the most easterly point of the north island, at the northern end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne gets a lot of sunlight hours when compared to other New Zealand wine growing regions.
The regions receives good shelter from the mountains in the west, though is still exposed to cyclones that can have a significant impact on the yield and quality of certain vintages. The soils in Gisborne are predominantly alluvial loams on sandy or volcanic subsoils, suiting the key varieties that grow there.
Chardonnay is the main grape variety for the region although other white varieties like Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, and Riesling are lesser quantities of Viogner are produced. The reds have not been as successful in Gisborne as the whites, though small amounts are grown.
The region is home to only a handful of wineries, less than two dozen in total. Instead, the majority of vineyards are in holdings of large wine companies based elsewhere. The almost-perfectly-flat Gisborne plain is the site for most vineyards, however in more recent times, the gently sloping land in outlying areas of Gisborne has also been planted to vine.
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