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From Ancient Roots to Global Acclaim: Discover Tuscany's Wine Evolution


Last updated: May 6, 2024


Wine has been a part of daily life in Tuscany for over 3,000 years. From the time of the ancient Etruscans to the rapidly evolving modern period, viticulture and oenology have been the lifeblood of this captivating region, encompassing every province in rural Tuscany. Yet, until the 20th century, the region’s wines (with notable exceptions) seldom left Italy’s borders. As incredible as it seems today, this rich treasure trove of indigenous grapes and authentic flavors were consumed quietly and domestically (by locals and tourists) until the mid 1900s. This reflected the reality of a peninsula that only became unified in the 19th century – Italy existed for centuries as a myriad of small, independent states and authorities with strong regional loyalties and an intense fear of outsiders.

But, as Italian parochialism started to dissolve in the latter half of the 20th century, Tuscany began to conquer the world. Today, it is one of Europe’s major wine exporters, a powerhouse of weekend drinking and the fine and rare. Its signature red grape, Sangiovese, runs the whole gamut from anemic dross to the most voluptuous and concentrated wines imaginable, most brilliantly realized in the hills of Montalcino. Meanwhile, the Cabernet Sauvignon blends of Sassicaia and Ornellaia can rival the First Growths of the Medoc with their thrilling structure and cassis-infused complexity. White wines are also becoming more popular and established, particularly the majestic and Burgundian Chardonnays (yes, honestly!) of central Tuscany; for the world’s consumers, there has never been the choice that is now available. After a few false starts, Tuscany is open for business.

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