Summer means leisure and relaxing. In Tuscany you can enjoy the summer among its hills and looking at the sea. Ideal for those who want to enjoy days full of entertainment, culture and good food. The most genuine of Italian cuisine comes from Tuscany, along with wines that have made this region famous worldwide. Let’s go for a tour and discover the beauty of this land by investigating some of its best wines.
Cortona – Syrah Doc: we start from southern Tuscany and the wonderful hills surrounding Lake Trasimeno. Here, on the border with Umbria, is the town founded by the Etruscans well before the Romans ruled over the Italian territory. From this beautiful countryside and its roads full of history comes the wine Syrah, the first and only in Tuscany to receive the designation Doc: a medium body wine of deep ruby red colour, with soft tannins and aromas of red fruit and spices. Good even in the summer for its notes of freshness and harmony, which has made the Syrah grape variety appreciated all over the world. Paired with fish from nearby Lake Trasimeno, such as trout or perch, makes for a bold yet savoury meal.
Bolgheri – Sassicaia, moving towards the sea, we find Maremma Livornese bordering the province of Grosseto. Here, from the small town of Bolgheri ,comes Sassicaia, famous for being well loved by Prince Rainier of Monaco. It is a rich, full-bodied, round wine, ruby red to garnet in colour depending on age. Perfect when paired with red meat, or the famous Maremman boar. Even in the summer, a glass of Sassicaia in the evening breeze is always enjoyable.
From Montepulciano to Montalcino – The Wine Path. These are two excellent wines, the Nobile (Montepulciano) and the Brunello (Montalcino). Both are produced with the excellent Tuscany Sangiovese grapes (variety Prugnolo Gentile nel Nobile). As we venture from Montalcino towards Montepulciano, we will be surrounded by the most famous hilly landscape in the world, up to Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, the home of the beautiful Crete Senesi.
Black rooster – The heart of Chianti Classico: from the province of Siena to Florence, stands the “Chiantishire“, so beloved by British and Americans and now about to become home of investments for Russian and German magnates. Here the world famous Chianti wines are produced: from among the rivers Pesa, Elsa, Greve and Ombrone comes the Classic of Black Rooster Consortium and near the province of Siena many others of more recent recognition. Here extends thousands of hectares of land (more than 70,000 for Chianti Classico) that lead to the city of Florence – renown city of Michelangelo and the birthplace of Dante, with all its thousands of years of history of art and culture.
Pisa – Montescudaio: Here, in the province of Pisa, famous for its Leaning Tower, in the small village of Montescudaio, we find this pale yellow white wine, with a delicate aroma and dry balanced taste. Montescudaio’s flavour is enhanced when paired with traditional fish dishes such as mussels and shellfish from the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea.