Central Italy

Let's start with Super Tuscans. Italy is a country steeped in tradition, with winemaking techniques passed down from one generation to the next. Over time, these traditional wine practices made their way into Italian wine laws. Historically, red wines in Tuscany were made only from Italian grapes. The wines were great! But in the 1970s, some producers wanted to experiment with French grape varieties and cutting-edge winemaking techniques. Unfortunately, this was illegal under Italian wine law. Because of this, these wineries weren’t allowed to print “Tuscany” on their labels and were forced to sell their wine as simple, red table wine. However, these so-called “Super Tuscans” were so tasty and highly sought after that their prestige forced Italian authorities to modernise their wine laws. They’ve since been changed and now Super Tuscans are celebrated inside and outside of Tuscany.

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