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With vineyards originally planted by the Etruscans almost 3,000 years ago and with a number of producers having already celebrated a 500th anniversary, Tuscany can rightly claim to be the birthplace of European viticulture.  The gently rolling hills, dotted with vineyards and olive groves, are a kind of earthly paradise, an immense garden in which time appears to have paused to stop and wonder.

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Wine Estates in Toscana

It is home to a host of Italy’s most celebrated wines: among them are Chianti, Brunello, Vernaccia and Morellino.  It is the birthplace of ‘Sassicaia’ a wine whose first appearance in 1968 marked the beginning of Italy’s winemaking renaissance.  Tuscany’s strongest suit is Sangiovese, a potentially tannic and acidic grape that, through low yields and good site selection, can be coaxed into producing reds whose concentration and longevity rival the best of the Rhône.  As usual, our estates reflect tradition rather than fashion but those distinctions are now losing their relevance as producers increasingly adapt technology to blend old and new.  What’s more important is that the quality of Tuscany’s wines now justifies the prices.  That’s not something which one could have said about Tuscany even a decade ago.

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Winetraders is an importer and distributor specialising in high-quality Italian estate wines. Established in 1997 and based in Oxfordshire we sell both in the UK and in other countries
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