Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The vines of Tuscany

The center of Italy to the south, over the Apennines, is Tuscany, one of the most beautiful Italian regions thanks to the varied landscape and the abidance of artistic treasures.This is where the Etruscan eventually settled, giving this region their name:Etruria. The climate is relatively mild, the summers tend to be long and dry, and this,together with the suitable nature of the soil, make it the ideal for vines, usually grown on hilly terrain at an average altitude of 1446 feet, and producing wines, particularly reds, of exceptional quality, such as Brunello di Moltalcino, Chianti, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Lupicaia, and of course the region of the Antinori.

One of the most interesting and well-established wine routes of Italy must be the Chiantigiana that runs from Florence to Siena across the Chianti Classico district. Siena, a beautiful city of Etruscan origin, is home to the Enoteca Italiana, located in the bastions that overlook the approach to the Medici fortress. Siena's Enoteca is actually the National library, a showcase of the coutnry's finest wines, which are available for tasting.