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Italian Wine Regions - Tuscany

Tuscany is a region between Milan, Rome, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the Apennines Mountains.

The Etruscans of the Middle Ages began a local renaissance here that eventually led into a full wine making art. This was a natural result of living in this area, as wine grapes grow naturally in the region. The region simply has the perfect growing conditions for grapes. To this day the Sangiovese and Lambrusco of this region remain wildly popular.

Nowadays a vast array of popular wines come from this region. There are plenty of popular red wines and white wines being produced in this region.

The region is not just a great place for the production of wines, but a great place to buy wines. One store in Tuscany carries more than 5,000 wine labels. Aside from France, there is no place in the world that can compete with these Italian wine vineyards, at least in terms of production.

One of the most famous of the Tuscany wine vineyards is the Castello di Fonterutoli, which is actually a family vineyard that has been in constant production since the mid 15th century. At the same time these vineyards are producing their old style wines, there are new wine producing families getting started regularly to this day. Not only is the popularity of Tuscany wines as high as ever, but the production quality is better than ever.

Rocca dell Maccie is one place where quality takes precedence over all else. Organic wine vineyards are the theme. Everything is done by hand, using ancient techniques. This quality has placed their wines among the best selling in the world.

Fassati Nobile di Montepulciano is created as a mixture of Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero, and Mammolo. It is famously stated that Voltaire gave high marks to this wine more than 200 years ago.

Wines from this region may be as simplistic as Chiantis, or as advanced as fruity Tuscan red wines. All of these wines only got better with improved growing and producing methods introduced in the last 20 to 40 years.

Some of the best red wines from the Tuscany wine vineyards are often labeled table wines in order to avoid certain government regulations. Yet, these wines are considered among the best in the world now.

To keep up with the advancement of these red wines, Bolgheri Vermentino provides fruit enhanced white wine that is said to taste great when served with shrimp. Likewise, Cabreo Chardonnay from this area is now thought to be the best of its kind.