How is it possible to look at Tuscany objectively?
To the west of the region is the Mediterranean sea, in which basks the island of Elba with his echoes of Napoleon. To the east lie Apennines, arching round to the north; while to the south there's Lazio, Rome and the Mezzogiorno. The land lies flat near the coast, as if to let the Mediterranean climate as far inland as possible, but most of Tuscany is hilly. And that's what makes it rare and unforgettable.
The work done on the construction of the landscape dates back thousands of years, when the Etruscans brought here the cypress and the vine from the East, preserved and curated also by the Greeks and then by the Romans until the Renaissance with a continuous re-shape of the territory.
Today it couldn't be more different. A remarkable sense of seriousness and endeavour pervades the wineries and the vineyards and the hills are essential for viticulture. Summers here can be long and hot, and hills that rise high enough to catch a cooling breeze can make all the difference to a white wine with perfume and fruit. For reds, the slopes provide the concentration of heat that the sun-loving Sangiovese grape needs to ripen.
Tuscany is a mosaic of territories to discover: to learn more about it get inspired by our selection of best wineries to visit in Tuscany.
Located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of Greve in Chianti, Castello di Vicchiomaggio offers unforgettable experiences with stays in an ancient castle dating back to the 1400s. The vineyards extend for 33 hectars and give life to fine wines that reflect the peculiarity of the soil.
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Fonterutoli, the hamlet of Castellina in the heart of Chianti Classico, is an ancient village and also estate with accommodation, wine bar and restaurant. In 1435 the Marchesi Mazzei family settled at Castello di Fonterutoli the symbol of the family dynasty and its wine-making tradition. The winery, designed by Agnese Mazzei in modern style and with full respect for the landscape, is another milestone in the history of this noble Tuscan family. The estate boasts an extensive property with different soils and exposures: one of its added values is the separation of the cuvée in order to obtain masses of wine as close as possible to the essence of its terroir.
Querciabella is a biodynamic farm since a decade that continues to seek improvement. The vineyards are located in the most beautiful and significant areas of Chianti and also in Maremma. They are all treated with the methods of biodynamic agriculture, which is why nature is able to offer its most precious fruits. Querciabella produces structurally unexceptionable wines.
Bindella is one of the most important wineries in the enological overview of Montepulciano. The vineyards are managed to have little environmental impact according to the principles of the integrated agriculture: here are produced wines of substance and structure, which reveal the adherence to the territory.
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Organically certified, the 16 hectares winery Loacker Corte Pavone is experimenting the use of homeopathic remedies against adversity and pest: at Corte Pavone the grapes are processed according to the principles of nature and produce genuine wines of enormous satisfaction. The view overlooking the Tuscan hills and the Val d'Orcia is the perfect frame for a journey through the many facets of Brunello.
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Poggio al Casone is a prestigious charming wine resort located in a private wine estate 25 km from Pisa. 30 hectares of organic vineyards surround the ancient villa and two cottages which have been carefully restored in Tuscan style for exclusive apartments for a holiday of relaxation and nature, in an elegant residence between the scents of vineyards.
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Situated in the commune of Cortona, Baracchi winery is worthy of mention as one of the most interesting representation of quality viticulture, assured by the selection of the best grapes in the vineyard and the vinification techniques that want to enhance the characteristics of the terroir. The property Baracchi, together with a Michelin-star restaurant, a wine resort and an exclusive spa, allows his guests to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating stay in the heart of the countryside.
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