Montepulciano and Sangiovese are two of Italy’s most widely planted grape varieties and are commonly blended together in Abruzzo, Marches, Umbria and Lazio. Of the commercially produced wines, the blend is most often used in the Marche DOCs of Rosso Piceno and Rosse Conero on the Adriatic coast. There are also significant volumes of country-style wines made from these two ubiquitous Italian varieties, but these are seldom seen outside their localities.
The Montecucco DOC sits in the southern part of the charming Tuscany region, in central Italy. This area is nestled between Montalcino, home of the renowned Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, and Scansano, birthplace of the Morellino di Scansano DOCG. Despite having a viticultural heritage dating as far back as the eighth century, this winemaking zone was only awarded its DOC classification in 1998....more
Tuscany is the most enduringly famous of all Italian wine regions, thanks to the romantic glamor of its endless rolling hills, cypress-lined country roads and hilltop villages. But even without all of this, evaluated on the merits of its wines alone, Tuscany stands tall, its reputation founded on such iconic wines as Chianti, ...more
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