What is the Super Tuscan Wine?

When you think of Tuscany, you think about great food and wine. With rich winegrowing history dating back to the Etruscans in the 8th century BC, the region has been eternally knotted by the love of wine.

But more than just a rich history of wines, Tuscany also lays testimony to a lot of evolution, with winemakers producing fresh blends and grappling hard to get official acceptance for their new wines. This brings us to the most enthralling and diversified wines in Tuscany: The Super Tuscans!

Super Tuscan Wine

Basically, “Super Tuscan” is a term that describes Red Tuscan wines comprising of non-indigenous grapes, particularly Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. The creation of Super Tuscan wines kick-started in the late 1970s. Back then, it was strictly illegal to include Bordeaux (white or red wine from the Bordeaux region of France) into a Chianti Classico, even if it was proven to improve the blend. In fact, wine producers who chose to create this innovative type of wines were forced to limit themselves to producing the most basic wines.

The frustration of the winemakers soon turned into a mass revolt and thus paved the way for the creation of super Tuscan wines against the slow bureaucracy which was unfavourable of changing the wine laws of Italy. With time, as more and more winemakers began mixing ‘unlawful’ wine varieties to improve the overall quality of their blends, the legal system eventually incorporated IGT, a new designation that gave winemakers the license to be more creative.

Did you know that ‘Tignanello’ is renowned as the most popular variety of Super Tuscan and it was produced by Antinori in 1971! It comprises of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

P.S. Tignanello is priced at about $80 a bottle and promises a refreshing flavour for a memorable trip to Tuscany!

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