Tuscany is a landscape of rolling hills and incredible views, home to the Sangiovese triumvirate of Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The so-called Super Tuscans, such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello and Le Pergole Torte, mostly take advantage of the Toscana IGT appellation to enable the use of non-indigenous varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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Tuscany is located in central Italy. It is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, which brings cooling breezes to the most coastal sub-regions, such as Bolgheri and Maremma.
The key grape in Tuscany is without doubt Sangiovese. Some Super Tuscans employ ‘international varieties’ such as the two Cabernets, while Chianti tends to include small amounts of Canaiolo or Colorino.
There are also examples of wines using Merlot, including the 100% Merlot Masseto.