The wine world: tastings and visits

The high quality of Tuscan wines is due by the numerous production areas in the region, helped by a mild and ideal climate for viticulture.

The Tuscan hills, with large terraces and valleys, overlook the coasts of the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea and its vineyards extend for thousands of hectares. The whole region boasts different productions between IGT wines (typical geographical indication), DOCG (denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin) and about thirty DOC (denomination of controlled origin) wines.

Different are the grapevine cultivated in Tuscany the most implanted is certainly the Sangiovese, present with its grapes in all the DOC of the region, and excellently married to Trebbiano, Canaiolo or Malvasia Toscana. Today, next to stars of primary greatness such as Chianti Classic, Montalcino’s Brunello and Montepulciano’s Nobile Wine, there are numerous other wines, including the Sassicaia and Scansano’s Morellino.

The location of THE GIUNCHETO permits to do the following tasting routes:

Brunello di Montalcino

Montalcino is about 30 km from Trequanda and can be easily joined in 35 minutes. Here you can visit various wine shops where you can taste perhaps one of the most famous Tuscan wines in the world Montalcino’s Brunello that was born in a Terroir very narrow from the grapevine of Sangiovese Grosso. The wine is visually clear, brilliant, vivid garnet colour. It has an intense, persistent, ample and ethereal smell. You can recognize hints of undergrowth, aromatic wood, small fruits, light vanilla and composite jam. To taste the wine has elegant and harmonious body, nerve and race, it is dry with long aromatic persistence. For its characteristics, the Montalcino’s Brunell support long aging, improving in time. It’s hard to tell how many years this wine improves in bottle. It depends on the year. It goes from a minimum of 10 years to 30, but it can be kept even longer. Of course it must be preserved in the right way: in a fresh basement, but above all at constant temperature, dark, without noise and odor; the bottles kept lying down.

Besides the Brunello is also produced the Montalcino’s Red, younger wine that combines with a superb structure gift of particular vivacity and freshness. It is harmonious, elegant, sapid, not of great commitment but of pleasant combination. The Montalcino’s Red on appearance is clear and limpid, with a composite ruby colour; the smell has good intensity and fragrance, you can recognize perfume of fresh fruits. At the taste analysis the wine is harmoniously dry, has nerve and freshness with a good aromatic persistence. It’s wine of ready drink particularly persuasive. It is not to be preserved for a long time, the wine prefers to be drunk in juvenile age even if it is well resistant to ageing.

Finally deserves mention the Montalcino’s Moscardello wine produced in the types Quiet, Sparkling and late Grape Harvest. Today this wine is very appreciated for the characteristics of harmony and the Moscato’s aroma can express in the three typologies produced. The Moscadello of Montalcino, at the sight is pale straw yellow in the Sparkling type, which tends to become more gloomy in the Quiet type and to assume the appearance of the golden yellow Soft in the Grape Harvest typology. Characteristic is the smell: it manifests the Moscato’s aroma balanced and fresh, with floral shades for the type with withering. The palate is pleasantly satisfied by the sweet and aromatic harmony of the Quiet type, the Sparkling offers also the inviting verve of the light perlage. The late Grape Harvest typology demonstrates the velvety elegance and the enveloping of a passito wine. The Montalcino’s Moscardello, Quiet and Sparkling are to be consumed young, while the late Grape Harvest type can express the best with the passing of years.

The Chianti

The “capitals” of Chianti are the cities of Florence and Siena and its lands extend between the two provinces: it is 70,000 hectares that comprise the entire communes of Castellina in Chianti (78 km far from Giuncheto, about 1h and 10), Gaiole in Chianti (68 km far from Giuncheto, about 1h), Greve in Chianti (107 km far from Giuncheto, about 1h and 30), Radda in Chianti (73 km far from Giuncheto, about 1 H and 10) and partly those of Barberino Val d’elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. The characteristics of the climate, the ground and the different altitudes make the Chianti’s territory a region with a vocation to the production of quality wines. The brand that has always distinguished the bottles of Classic Chianti is the Black Rooster, historical symbol of the Ancient military League of Chianti, reproduced by the painter Giorgio Vasari on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento, in the Florentine Palazzo Vecchio. Classic Chianti is produced with Sangiovese grapes for at least 80% (but also used in purity). The blend of Classic Chianti can contribute to other grapevine, exclusively with red berry, starting from the autochthonous ones, like black Canaiolo and Colorino, but also from the main international grapevine, read Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Montepulciano’s Nobile 

Montepulciano is about 20 km far from the Giuncheto and can be reached in about 20 minutes. The wine Montepulciano’s Nobile is a red wine with a denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin (DOCG) obtained from a variety of Sangiovese called locally Prugnolo Gentile was defined centuries ago by the poet Francesco Redi “the King of Wines”. The Montepulciano’s Nobile Wine can only be obtained from grapes grown in the area of production forecast by the disciplinary, using the following varieties Prugnolo Gentile: Minimum 70% black Canaiolo to a maximum of 20%. The Montepulciano’s Nobile Wine must be subjected to a maturing period of at least two years, starting from 1st January following the grape harvest. This maturation can take place, at the choice of the producer: for 24 months in wood; for 18 months minimum in wood plus the remaining months in another container; for 12 months minimum in wood plus 6 months minimum in bottle plus the remaining months in another container. The Montepulciano’s Nobile wine can’t be placed in consumption before the completion of the two years of compulsory maturation calculated from 1st January of the year following that of the production of the grapes.

The Montepulciano’s Nobile Wine, is presented with ruby red colour tending to garnet with ageing, intense smell, ethereal, floral, characteristic; dry, balanced and persistent, with possible hints of wood.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Until recently, the white Tuscan wines did not enjoy great prestige especially at the international level, probably because most were made with varieties considered, often erroneously of low quality, such as Malvasia and Trebbiano. The San Gimignano’s Vernaccia (km 100 far from Giuncheto, about 1h 30), from the ancient grape Vernaccia, enjoyed a revival that has led to its promotion as the first DOCG white wine of the region.