The Italian quality revolution of the past decade or so has transformed Tuscany, producing wines that are rounder, less tannic and easier to drink when young. Alas, they're more expensive, too, though bargains can still be had.
Salute To Sangiovese Tuscany is the kingdom of the Sangiovese grape, responsible for so many winesfrom simple reds to noble, complex bottles capable of aging for decades.
Chianti And Beyond The biggest name of all, of course, is Chianti, Italy's most famous wine, which accounts for a staggering eight million cases a year. Sangiovese is not only the major grape of Chianti but also the grape of Brunello di Montalcinoa deep red, often cellar-worthy, mostly luxury-priced wineand the wines of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Montalcino's value-priced neighbor and would-be rival.