The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide to the Best Wines and Their Producers (The World’s Finest Wines)

The wines of Tuscany were famous long before Leonardo da Vinci described them as “bottled sunshine,” and they are at the forefront of the remarkable renaissance of Italian wine over the past 30 years. In this groundbreaking new book, Nicolas Belfrage shares his insider’s knowledge acquired as a specialist wine trader and writer. Mindful of the region’s fascinating past, Belfrage brings its story up to date, discussing such subjects as geology and geography, grape varieties, and the latest research into Sangiovese, the variety used in the top wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. He also clarifies the regulatory framework and follows the recent controversial developments in viticulture and winemaking, including the rise of the Super-Tuscans and the ongoing “Brunellogate” scandal that broke in 2008. At the heart of the book are in-depth, illustrated profiles of more than 90 of the most interesting producers, large and small, with insightful notes on the essential character of their finest wines. The author also offers a comprehensive review of vintages and selects his top 100 wines in ten different categories, while wines of special quality or value are indicated throughout.

2 thoughts on “The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide to the Best Wines and Their Producers (The World’s Finest Wines)

  1. A beautiful book for lovers of Tuscan wine A visit to a well stocked wine seller, and especially a visit to a wine seller in Tuscany, will present the buyer with a constellation of Italian DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) and DOCG (Denominazione di origine controllata garantita) wines. The identities of the makers and wineries may remain rather mysterious even when you have found types and wineries that you like and continue to seek out on the shelf. “The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide”…

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  2. Molto Buona To be clear, this is a guide to the history and present practice of winemaking in Tuscany and surrounding areas, and of the major wine estates in the area. The author is a Master of Wine, and he does offer opinions on some of the wines (many of them older vintages you can’t buy) of each of the producers he covers. But this is not a guide listing hundreds of wines with descriptions and ratings; for that look elsewhere.This is a great overview of how Central Italy became the important…

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