When it comes to wine producing regions of Italy, the most beloved area for wine lovers is Tuscany. Grapes were first cultivated nearly 3,000 years ago and has not stopped since. Today, visitors can take wine tours in Tuscany, Italy, to experience first-hand how the grapes are cultivated and sample the different wines.
DOCG which means Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita is the highest classification of Italian wines. It means the wines meet the high-standards and guarantees the wine quality with stringent regulations governing the production of wine production. Each bottle is printed with a numbered government seal to prevent counterfeiting.
Tuscany produces twelve DOCG wines.
The majority of Tuscany’s DOCG wines are made with Sangiovese grapes. Chianti wines are made from Sangiovese grapes which are grown in the Chianti area in Tuscany. Vernaccia produces a DOCG white wine. Other white grapes grown in the region are Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Vermentino.
Sangiovese wines are typically paired with red meat, chicken, lamb, fish, and pasta. The wine is best at 65 degrees F. and should be decanted one hour before serving.
Wine tours in Tuscany, Italy, will take you through Florence, which is known to have the best valleys for producing wine. A quaint wine tour to Montalcino will take you to a beautiful village on top of a hill which is renowned for its production of Brunello red wine.
Tuscany is full of wonderful towns and villages to explore and taste wines. Visitors can discover wineries on their own or take organized wine tours in Tuscany, Italy.
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