Tuscany, Martinborough

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 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 wine region of Martinborough is located in South Wairarapa on the southern end of the north island, and in only 30 years or so has gone from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village.

The region has picked up numerous international awards since the 1990’s with Pinot Noir picking up the lion’s share of the medals. Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine of the region, with some incredible wines being produced.

The mineral laden soils, combined with the cool climate provide the perfect backdrop for Pinot Noir, much as it has for centuries in Burgundy, France. Indeed the Pinot Noirs produced are very Burgundian in style, a compliment not adorned to many other wine regions worldwide.

The micro-climate of Martinborough is rather warm, with hills both to the east and west. Most all of the vineyards are located in thin strips around the northern and eastern sides of the town or on the Dry River to the south of Martinborough. All the vineyards follow dry riverbeds, which have the desired soil structure for viticulture.

Although Pinot Noir is the king of the reds, Shiraz is also cultivated and in the whites, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown.
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  1. Renzo Masi Basciano Chianti Riserva Docg 2016
    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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  2. Craggy Range 'Te Muna Road' Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    "We chase complexity in our Sauvignon... you can literally smell the meadow and taste the flintiness of the rock in these wines." Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique ... Learn More
  3. Craggy Range 'Te Muna Road' Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    "We chase complexity in our Sauvignon... you can literally smell the meadow and taste the flintiness of the rock in these wines." Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique ... Learn More
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  4. Poggio Anima Ragana Frizzante Pet Nat 2020
    Poggio Anima is a collection of wines representing four Italian regions typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. Poggio Anima, translated as ‘Hill of Soul,’ personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle. Many wines have vitality and a soul ... Learn More
  5. Escarpment 'Noir' Pinot Noir 2018
    Mainly found in restaurants, this fantastic new offering from Escarpment Wines really punches above its price point. The first release of this new 'entry level' wine, a new benchmark has been set for affordable and enjoyable NZ Pinot Noir. Created ... Learn More
  6. Escarpment Chardonnay 2016
    100% grown from Escarpment’s Te Muna Road site in what can be considered a perfect, cool dry season. The summer allowed a smaller crop than usual to ripen slowly, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine ... Learn More
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  7. Retromarcia Chianti Classico Docg 2017
    The grapes come from vineyards consisting of shale (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%. The vineyards age range from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico. Intense mountain herbs, aromas of cranberry, wild ... Learn More
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  8. Fattoria Casabianca Vermentino 2019
    The vines of Casabianca are in the municipality of Orbetello south of Großeto directly by the sea. Straw yellow with green reflections. In the fragrance notes of citrus fruits and white peach, light almond notes. The taste is elegant, ... Learn More
  9. Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Villa Antinori is, firstand foremost,an idea,a way of conceiving the production of wine: on the one hand, experimentation and evolution, on the other hand, continuityin tradition. Sangiovese and other complementary grape varieties render their homage to an historic ... Learn More
  10. Le Miccine Chianti Classico Docg 2017
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  11. Ata Rangi Pinot Gris 2018
    The highly sought-after wines of Ata Rangi are undoubtedly some of the great new world wines, often considered a rival to top European wines. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded one of the top honours in the ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  12. Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Docg 2017
    Winemaker Notes - Estate-grown, hand-harvested grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with approximately 15 days maceration. During fermentation, delestage and pumping-over takes place twice a day. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels and 4,000 liter casks ... Learn More
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  13. Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016
    "Querciabella has been on a roll over the last few years" Antonio Galloni Perfumed and pretty, red cherry and strawberry, dusting of pepper and spice. Light and fresh, wonderful savoury note to go with the beautiful cherries notes of Sangiovese. ... Learn More
  14. Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2015
    “Without a shadow of a doubt, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera lands high on my list of favorite Brunello di Montalcino producers.” – The Wine Advocate ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Suckling
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  15. Le Volte Dell' Ornellaia 2017
    Ornellaia has established itself among the iconic wine estates in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate’s unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    The Wine Advocate
  16. Val Di Suga Rosso Di Montalcino 2017
    Montalcino is one of the grand Italian wine regions, developed in the 19th Century by Ferruccio Biondi-Santi from a clone of Sangiovese known as Sangiovese Grosso or locally Brunello. One of the first varietal Tuscan wines intended for ageing. Rosso ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. Le Miccine Chianti Riserva Docg 2016
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Gary Walsh
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  18. Val Di Suga Brunello Di Montalcino 2015
    Winemaker Andrea Lonardi is a winemaking Wunderkind. Our head buyer Mark Faber first met him in London where they attended the Master of Wine global seminar together, and Mark was blown away by Andrea's technical expertise and knowledge, as well ... Learn More
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  19. Val Di Suga Brunello Di Montalcino 2014
    One of the grand Italian wines, developed in the 19th Century by Ferruccio Biondi-Santi from a clone of Sangiovese known as Sangiovese Grosso or locally Brunello. One of the first varietal Tuscan wines for ageing. Ageing is for 50 months for ... Learn More
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  20. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2016
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinots to rival top Burgundy with only limited stock available. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  21. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2018
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded ... Learn More
  22. Isole E Olena Chardonnay Collezione Privata Igt 2017
    In 1987, Paolo De Marchi grafted Chardonnay onto existing vines on the Isole e Olena estate. Since then they have produced some of Tuscany’s finest Chardonnay. An inviting golden colour with perfumes of toasted, buttery almonds. An inviting golden colour. ... Learn More
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  23. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2017
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  24. Le Miccine Chianti Gran Selezione Docg 2014
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery & vineyard that is lead by a dynamic & young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that had been ... Learn More
  25. Fattoria Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2015
    This Brunello is the heart of the estate’s production and its flagship wine since 1892. It is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from their best vineyards in Montalcino. Red berry and cherry, light citrusy tones, candied fruits. Well balanced and persistent. ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  26. Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Poggione was established in the 1800's and has built a reputation for high quality Brunello at below market pricing - Brunello di Montalcino is the most pure expression of Sangiovese that can be found. Sourced from the oldest vines on ... Learn More
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  27. Isole E Olena 'Cepparello' Igt 2014
    ‘one of the great wines of Tuscany, but beyond that, it can also stand next to the very best Cabernets from anywhere in the world’ Antonio Galloni ... Learn More
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  28. Dry River Pinot Noir 2015
    Dry River is a highly collected and difficult to secure producer based in Martinborough. The wines, made by the fantastic winemaker Wilco Lam, are often rated in the top 3-4 Pinot Noir's in the country ... Learn More
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  29. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011
    Sourced from the ‘main sites’ around Ata Rangi with vine age over 20 years old. This is about 30 to 40% whole bunch, which gets done by feel from year to year, ‘looking at seeds and stems’, says Masters. ... Learn More
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  30. Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino 2015
    Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, it was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991.The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino ... Learn More
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  31. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009
    Sourced from the ‘main sites’ around Ata Rangi with vine age over 20 years old. This is about 30 to 40% whole bunch, which gets done by feel from year to year, ‘looking at seeds and stems’, says Masters. ... Learn More
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  32. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008
    Sourced from the ‘main sites’ around Ata Rangi with vine age over 20 years old. This is about 30 to 40% whole bunch, which gets done by feel from year to year, ‘looking at seeds and stems’, says Masters. ... Learn More
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  33. Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello Di Montalcino 2015 (Pre-Arrival Offer Del. Mid Jan)
    Founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, in 1987 Primo was joined by son- in-law Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, and since 2001, Canalicchio di Sopra has been in the highly capable, thoughtful hands of Pier Luigi’s three children, Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. The Rosso ... Learn More
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  34. Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Docg 2015
    The exciting news from Le Ragnaie is the release of a new wine, made entirely with fruit from Montosoli. Otherwise, about half of the estate vineyards are located in the higher-elevation parts of the appellation. These locations usually show lots ... Learn More
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  35. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010
    Sourced from the ‘main sites’ around Ata Rangi with vine age over 20 years old. This is about 30 to 40% whole bunch, which gets done by feel from year to year, ‘looking at seeds and stems’, says Masters. ... Learn More
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  36. Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Vigna Del Sorbo' 2015
    Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “ ... Learn More
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  37. Fontodi 'Vigna Del Sorbo' Chianti Gran Selezione 2013
    It is impossible to exaggerate my enthusiasm for this set of new releases from Giovanni Manetti's venerable Fontodi. - Monica Larner ... Learn More
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  38. Poggio Scalette "Il Carbonaione" Alta Valle Della Greve Igt 2015
    The Il Carbonaione is a lovely mid-weight expression of Sangiovese produced by Podere Poggio Scalette ... Learn More
  39. Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino 'Tenuta Nuova' 2015
    Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, it was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991.The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino ... Learn More
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  40. Fattoria Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2013
    This Brunello is the heart of the estate’s production and its flagship wine since 1892. It is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from their best vineyards in Montalcino. "Dry red wine, 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes. This Riserva of Brunello is made with ... Learn More
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