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April 07, 2021 3 min read

Tuscany produces one of the most famous wines in the world, best known for its Sangiovese-based dry red wines – such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

King of Tuscan wine, the Sangiovese grape. Sangiovese, the name, derives from Latin: Sanguis Jovis, “blood of Jupiter”. It is the most widely planted red variety in Italy. Sangiovese is a late ripening, tannic grape that needs plenty of sunshine.

Enjoy views of beautiful hills of Tuscany.  It is one of the most popular places to visit in a country and has developed a reputation as one of Italy's rarest wines. 

All you need to know your favourite Tuscan Wines

The quintessential Italian Red, traditional and elegant - Brunello wine contains the classic characteristics & is a special wine from Tuscany.

Brunello di Montalcinos have a more fleshy texture with common aromas and flavors of blackberryblack cherryblack raspberrychocolateleather and violets.

Food Pairing: Goes very well with Red meats like beef, lamb game & poultry.

We have discovered a extremely tasteful Brunello di Montalcino from the wine producer Belpoggio. They have rated top reviews of over 5000 reviews on Vivino & for the price, it is definitely a wine to order! Buy Tuscan wine here:

Brunello Di Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany

Brunello Di Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany

In addition to Brunello di Montalcino, producers in the Montalcino region can produce wine under Rosso di Montalcino made from 100% Sangiovese the wine is required to spend only six months aging in oak and 1 year total aging before release. 

A great red wine with a superb structure, lively and fresh.

Food Pairing: Ideal with grilled meat and medium-seasoned cheese.

From the same producer Belpoggio, our Rosso di Montalcino is a must try. To buy this Tuscan Wine click:

Rosso Di Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany

Rosso Di Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany

Continuing with our producer Belpoggio, they have a lower priced wine the Rosso di Paolo with Black cherry, leather, chocolate and spice flavors. Juicy and balanced, echoing fruit and spice on the lingering finish.

RECOMMENDED PAIRING It is perfect with red meat, but is also a very good choice for first courses and formal second course dishes.

Rosso Di Paolo, Italy – Tuscany

Rosso Di Paolo, Italy – Tuscany

Upon opening a bottle of Tuscan red, one is often struck by a very strong smell of cherries and redcurrants. 

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To enjoy a selection of Tuscan wines click: Buy Tuscan wine online UK

Tuscan wine classification

They are three levels we should know:

IGT (or indication of geographical type) is a classification above table wine (VdT) but “below” DOC, and allows non-native grapes to a greater extent than DOC wines. IGT wines are considered to be regional in character, rather than the quality you would expect from a single estate wine.

DOC (or controlled origin) is similar to AOC in France. It’s the fundamental quality mark of Italian wine, relating to a specific growing area.

DOCG is one notch higher than DOC and adds “guaranteed”. This is the highest tier of Italian wine. Like many things in the wine world, DOCG classification alone is no guarantee of a superb glass of wine. But it should generally be more reliable than a DOC, and will command a higher price.


The cuisine is traditionally hearty and made with simple ingredients such as bread beans and roasted meats serving as the base of most traditional Tuscan meals. Tuscan cooking doesn’t use complicated seasonings, as they’re not needed. Since fresh, high-quality ingredients are used, It brings out the natural flavors in each dish. Wine pair with more traditional dishes such as antipasto of cured sliced meats or try something like crostini di fegato, thin slices of lightly toasted bread spread with a chicken liver pate. Soups are also popular in this area for example vegetable and bread soup - delicious and classic comfort food. Papa al pomodoro, a tomato soup, is perfect for the winter and during summer.

We can’t bring the food to you, but can bring the wines to your doorstep in the UK! Enjoy a taste of Tuscany at Avanti Wines! Buy Tuscan Wine 

Amy O'Connell
Amy O'Connell

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