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Travel to Tuscany’s Vino con Vista Wine Regions in Italy

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Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in ...

Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chianti sub-zone

Chianti sub-zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Montalcino, Toscana, Italia

Montalcino, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A close-up view of sangiovese grapes to be made into Chianti at the Colle Lungo vineyard in Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuscany is Italy’s quintessential wine region and the birthplace of three important red wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. These wines are made from Sangiovese grapes but have distinctively different flavors in Tuscany’s diverse microclimates.

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Vineyard growing in the Italian wine region of Tuscany, home of the Sangiovese-based Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The photo also demonstrates the viticultural technique of clear (or bare) cultivation that leaves bare soil between the vines and rows with no cover crops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chianti is produced in seven subzones in Tuscany. The Chianti Classico zone has DOCG status. The other six Chianti subzones are: Chianti Rufina, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Aretini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane and Chianti Montalbano. The “Chiantigiana” is the scenic road that twists and turns through the Chianti zones between Florence and Siena.

Brunello is Tuscany’s rarest and most expensive wine. It is produced in the walled medieval village of Montalcino, south of the Chianti Classico zone. The climate is warmer and the hills are steeper. The wine is aged longer and it must be aged in oak barrels.

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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Italian wine from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has been made in the town of Montepulciano since Etruscan times. This wine is made from prugnolo grapes a sangiovese clone and was granted DOCG status in 1980.

Here’s Wine Spectator’s detailed overview map of Tuscany . The map includes: Chianti, Bolgheri, Brunello di Montalcino, Maremma and the Montepulciano appellations.

Click here to view the map: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Tuscanymap.pdf

On February 27th, 2014 there was an annual award ceremony for the Best of Wine Tourism 2014 winners at Palazzo Capponi in Florence.

The winners were:

Castello di Gabbiano, San Felice winery, Enotria, Castello di Poppiano, Castello La Leccia, Tenuta di Poggio Casciano from Ruffino, Panzanello winery and Col d’Orcia.

“The stretch of coastline from Livorno to Piombino is known as the Etruscan Coast, the area chosen by the ancient Etruscan people to exploit the huge mining and agricultural resources.  Medieval jewels like the towns of Casale Marittimo and Bolgheri, famous for its Viale dei Cipressi (Cypresses), which gained everlasting fame thanks to the poem “Davanti a San Guido” by Giosuè Carducci, as well as Castagneto Carducci, dominated by the castle of the Gherardesca counts, and Suvereto, a medieval town with charming architectural harmony.

Visit the Etruscan Coast wine trail where you can meet most local wine producers and visit their cellars and vineyards. Here are some helpful links for this area:

To learn more about Italian food and wine read Vino con Vista Travel guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Morellino di Scansano Italian WIne from the Southern Coast of Tuscany

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Veduta parziale del Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti Scansano (GR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino,...

Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

I had an interesting  Taste of Tuscany when the Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano brought their wine tour to the US.  Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape clone. This newer wine region is located in the Maremma region of coastal Tuscany close to the hilly town of Scansano. Scansano is in the Tuscan province of Grosseto Italy. This wine was granted DOC status in 1978 and upgraded to DOCG in 2007. The wine must be made from at least 85% Sangiovese grapes. The remaining 15% can comprise other red grapes like Ciliegiolo,  Alicante and Colorino.

Fruity Morellino di Scansano is produced in the hills around the province of Grosseto between the Ombrone and Albegna rivers. This area is “between Scansano, Manciano, Magliano in Toscana, Grosseto, Campagnatico, Semproniano and Roccalbegna.”

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

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Food and Wine Festivals in Italy

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Plan to travel to Italy in 2014? There are plenty of fun events in the fall. Nurture your inner wine-loving foodie and plan to attend some of these great oenogastronomic events in Italy for a great “Vino con Vista”:

1. Giovinbacco Festival in November @ www.giovinbacco.it in the Province of Ravenna celebrates the evolution of Sangiovese de Romagna wine.

2. Rome‘s Restaurant Week in November www.restaurantweek.it 

Enjoy three course dinners at Rome’s best restaurants!

3. 80th White Truffle Fest in Alba in November @ www.fieradeltartufo.org

4. The Merano Wine Festival in November @ www.meranowinefestival.com

5. Festival of Madonna della Salute (Madonna of Health) in Venice on 11/21

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6. Festa dl Torrone in Cremona in November @ www.festadeltorronecremona.it

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7. Wine and Food in Emilia Romagna @ www.winefoodemiliaromagna.com offers superlative “Porc on the Pigs Back” Greediest Salami Festival every weekend in November including:

a. The Biggest Mariolone in the town of Sissa

b. The longest Strolghino in the town of Zibello

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8. A Pig and Wild Boar Festival called “Sagre del Maiale e Chingale”  in December in Antillo near Taormina, Sicily.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Morellino di Scansano Wine: Tuscany’s Hidden Vino con Vista Gem

Locator map of the province of Grosseto, in Italy.

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The hilly Morellino di Scansano Wine Production Region of Italy has a colorful history in the Maremma territory of south-western Tuscany in the province of Grosseto. The Maremma includes part of the coast of southern Tuscany. Scansano was aquired by the Grand Duke Cosimo Medici II in 1615. Wine-making in this region can be traced back to the Etruscans.

The region is located south of Montalcino. There are about 200 growers, winemakers and bottlers in this area. The appellation was awarded  the prestigous DOCG classification in 2007. About 10 million bottles are produced every year.

On October 17, 2011, Giacomo Pondini, the director of the Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano organized a fabulous wine-tasting seminar at the elegant Hotel Sax in Chicago.

The consortium was founded in the early 1990s. When they leave Chicago, they will travel to New York and then on to Florida to promote these outstanding Italian wines.

For more information about this consortium visit www.consorziomorellino.it and talk to Giacomo Pondini, Direttore.

I had an opportunity to taste some of the wonderful red wines made from mostly sangiovese grapes. The sangiovese grape variety is also the basis of the Tuscan wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. “Morellino” is the local name of the Sangiovese grape varietal.

This area is predominantly hilly and lies between the basins of the Ombrone and Albegna Rivers. These wines can be enjoyed a year after the harvest and pair nicely with the regional foods including red meat, game and Pecorino Toscana cheese.

 

After the wine seminar, there was a “Grand Tasting” with plenty of opportunities to speak to the passionate wine-makers.

Luca Costa from Tenute Costa

Luca Costa from Tenute Costa

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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