By Paul Caputo

Tuscany is perhaps Italy’s most important region. It produces a colossal amount of wine, of which an impressive amount can be considered interesting and worth looking at.

The red Sangiovese grape and its many clones dominate viticulture here meaning that Tuscany is known above all else for its red wines.

Although the focus falls mainly on the big names of Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile, there is in fact a multitude of small, very localised appellations. Some are rarely used but others offer interesting insights into less explored terroirs of this large region.

Appellations of Tuscany

Aleatico Passito dell’Elba DOCG

Also known as Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG, this tiny appellation produces only Passito wines made from the Aleatico grape on the island of Elba.

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Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC

Barco Reale di Carmignano is a small DOC close to Florence making simple, fruity red and rose wines from both Sangiovese and international red varieties.

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