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Discover Top 4 Tuscan Wine Routes

Discover Top 4 Tuscan Wine Routes

Route des vins de Toscane

Are you planning to visit Tuscany? Do you want to discover the country of Chianti? This is the perfect opportunity to explore Tuscan wine routes! The region is worth the detour just for its small winding roads and its picturesque landscapes with its medieval castles against a backdrop of vineyards and olive groves. If you’re traveling by car, take the wine route and stop at one of the many wineries for a proper Chianti Classico tasting.

To the discovery of Tuscan Wine Routes

Visit the sumptuous monuments of Florence, stroll the streets of the charming city of Siena, discover San Gimignano, enjoy the translucent waters of the Mediterranean or admire the Tower of Pisa. Among these innumerable discoveries, do not miss the grands crus which can be savored just as much as the landscape. In the heart of the Tuscan countryside lie some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Chianti, Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino or Morellino di Scansano, all these sumptuous red wines will delight your palate and your gastronomic discoveries. To discover them, nothing better than walking the wine route in Tuscany.

1. Chianti Classico wine route

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Chianti Classico, Italy

Between Florence and Siena are the vineyards of Chianti Classico. Undoubtedly one of the most famous Italian wines! During your journey, you will discover hills and groves, dotted with small charming villages and towns, such as Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Barberino Val d’Elsa. If Classic Chianti is produced between Siena and Florence, Chianti is produced in the region of Tuscany, outside this area. You can also discover the grape varieties of Cepparello, which is on the same wine route in Tuscany.

2. Etruscan wine route

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Etruscans, Italy

Along the coast, facing the island of Elba, explore the Etruscan coast and its vineyards. This is where the super Tuscans are produced. You will discover the vines of Sassicaia, one of the greatest Italian crus. You can visit the village of Bolgheri or the Petra estate designed by the architect Mario Botta. Finally, you can walk the vines of the Castello del Terriccio and visit its cellars.

3. Maremma Wine Route

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Maremme, Italy

The Maremma region has many grape varieties. Start your journey around Grosseto. You can visit the vineyards and cellars of the famous Maremma Toscana Baffo Nero or Maremma Toscana Ciliegiolo. Another option to discover the region’s grape varieties: take the paths around Monte Amiata and taste, in moderation of course, a few glasses of Montecucco.

4. Brunello di Montalcino wine route

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Montalcino, Italy

In the province of Siena, in the lands of the Montalcino region, a world famous red wine is produced, Brunello di Montalcino. Originally, the best-known wine from the region was a sweet white wine, Moscadello di Montalcino. Stop to taste the local specialties and in particular the famous Pecorino de Pienza, the Tuscan cheese par excellence.

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FAQ & Useful resources

When is the best time to explore the Tuscan Wine Route?

The best time of year to visit Tuscany, and especially the Chianti wine route, is during the September harvest or just before to see the vines bow under the weight of ripening Sangiovese grapes – the variety whose comes from the Chianti Classico.
Another good time to visit Tuscany is in September to take part in one of the local festivals that celebrate the grape harvest, such as Vino al Vino, which is held the third week of September in the small town of Panzano, where many wines premises can be tasted.

Where to do wine tasting in Tuscany?

Castello di Ama
This castle, in addition to producing wine, hosts works of art by the greatest contemporary artists of the moment such as Buren, Anish Kapoor and Louise Bourgeois.
Badia Abbey in Coltibuono
The visit to the Badia Abbey in Coltibuono allows you to learn about the management of a wine estate and the process of making and preserving Chianti Classico. This is the best wine in the region, recognizable by the black rooster (“gallo nero”) on the cork.

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