Tuscany has been called the engine-room of the Italian wine revolution. It is here that the so-called Super Tuscans began challenging the officially recognised wines like Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and it is here, around the mid-1980s, that publications like the Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate began to find wines they could parallel in quality terms with the top Bordeaux and Burgundies of France. Sangiovese – a native of Tuscany – is the dominant grape variety here, but there are other Tuscan grapes of increasing importance, like Colorino and Canaiolo. Cabernet Sauvignon, and more recently Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot have been vinified here with great success (consider Sassicaia) and the region has benefitted much from the adoption of French wine-making techniques, including the use of small barriques of French oak. Tuscany is not nearly so famous for its whites as for its reds, but there are a few Vermentinos and Vernaccias that deserve attention.
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Tenuta di Valgiano