Wine and food holidays in Tuscany: tour and specialties
The birthplace of Renaissance, Tuscany region is located in central Italy. Among the region's most popular wines are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
There are various blends of the world famous Chianti red wine. Aptly named the "Bordeaux of Italy", Chianti wines are usually made from 80 percent of Sangiovese grapes and other varieties of grapes. Chianti Classico is the premium type, which is produced in the original jurisdiction for production of Chianti wines.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red wines originates from the charming town of Montepulciano and its surroundings. Though these wines are also mainly made from Sangiovese grapes, but the aging time in oak and other factors vary from the Chianti wines. For a taste of the world famous red Brunello di Montalcino wine, take a trip to the historic and charming medieval town of Montalcino. Among the varieties of Brunello di Montalcino wines, Rosso di Montalcino stands out. This particular variety is made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes. To learn about how any of these wines are made, taste various blends and buy a couple of your favourite wine bottles, you can visit any of Tuscany's wineries.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina, which refers to a thick T-bone steak that is made from Tuscany's Chianina cattle, is one of the must-try traditional Tuscany dishes. Another must-try food is the disc-shaped, sweet caramel Biscotto Fiorentino. This dark chocolate based biscuit is made from ingredients like candied cherries and nuts. Whether to sample or buy various Tuscany cheeses. There are Italy's famous hard Pecorino cheese, which is made from sheep's milk, Raviggiolo, ricotta and other kinds of cheeses for your selection.