Maybe Tuscany is the Italian region where the culture of wine boasts the most ancient traditions.
Tuscan wine gives voice to a noble and ancient language, where simple farmers and noble families for centuries have dedicated themselves to the grapes cultivation.
Starting from the eighth century BC, Etruscans were the first to cultivate vine in this region. They used living trees to safeguard the screws and still today in some areas of Tuscany you can see traces of this aerial form of farming. However, during Roman Empire Tuscan wines begin to acquire the fame that will not abandon them in the following centuries. Today Tuscan wines are known and appreciated throughout the world, as well as the land that produces them.
The regional landscape has been shaped over time as a function of the screw taking on the characteristics of extraordinary and fascinating beauty. A land of rolling hills, with breathtaking bright colors that fade from ocher of Siena to green and the blue of Maremma. A viticultural lively landscape, covering a wide range with reliefs irregularly placed between the Apennines and the coast plains. A varied morphology with areas ranging from the Apuan Alps, consisting mainly of limestone and clay, to the hills of Chianti, composed of clay marl, sandstone and clay. The Metalliferous Hills and, souther, the Mount Amiata present a ground with a fluviale surface made, largely, by the disintegration of volcanic rocks, sandstones, clays and tuffs. Tuscany is the Italian region that has been able to combine tourism with wine, thanks to the beauty of its landscapes too.
We start from the Chianti area, which gives birth to the homonymous wine, perhaps the most famous Italian wine in the world. The name Chianti is mentioned for the first time in the end of the fourteenth century, but the wine as we know it today, made from Sangiovese and Trebbiano enriched with Canaiolo, was codified in the nineteenth century by Baron Ricasoli. Originally the Chianti area extended between Florence and Siena, but already in 1726 an announcement in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany enlarged the area of production to the neighboring lands, a decision ratified in 1932 by a decree of the king of Italy that at the same time defined the Chianti Classico area as the original one.
The Chianti Colli Aretino, on whose goodness the earliest records date back to the fourteenth century, is a red wine of Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed DOCG.
The production takes place in the Arezzo area using mainly Sangiovese 75-100 %, with union of Canaiolo up to 10%, Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti up to 10% and a 10% red varieties authorized by the regulations.
The color is ruby red, the flavor tends to be dry, cool and crisp. It 's a whole meal, average alcohol and to drink young. Some companies, however, produce more full-bodied wines and suitable for storage over time.
The "Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG" has a minimum alcoholic value of 12.5% vol. and is placed on the market starting from March following the harvest.
The reserve, instead, is aged for 24 months before being sold. This extraordinary wine starts from a minimum alcoholic strength of 13 % vol.
From the steaming and savory Tuscan soups to tasty grilled meat, from stew made fish to boiled beef, the wines produced in the Arezzo area are versatile, able to combining well with any dish on the table.