What are the best white wines of Tuscany? Discover our list with photos, description and tasting of the best 20 best Tuscan white wines. From the most famous wines to the lesser known ones of the best wineries in Tuscany. Tuscany is considered one of the most suitable wine regions for the production of high quality wines. Let’s discover the most famous and awarded Tuscan white wines.
INDEX BEST TUSCAN WHITE WINES:
- Tuscan White Wines
- DOC and DOCG of the best Tuscan white wines
- Best Tuscan white wines
- Food pairing and Tuscan white wines
TUSCAN WHITE WINES
What are white wines from Tuscany? Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the Italian regions of greatest international resonance for red wines, such as the famous wines Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri and many others.
However, the vocation of the terroir, the richness of the biodiversity of the native vines and the extraordinary savoir-faire of the producers allow Tuscan white wines to express themselves with great identity. What is the fil-rouge that binds Tuscan white wines? Surely their intrinsic Mediterranean character, which translates into a great richness on the palate and flavor, which compensates for their moderate acidity and aromaticity.
The success of Tuscan white wine is also testified by the growing demand of international consumers with a glocal approach: more and more curious to discover native wines and vines that are authentic territorial expressions. Let’s discover some of the main Tuscan white wines.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, produced exclusively in San Gimignano, is considered one of the most important Italian and white wines of Tuscany and boasts a long documented history since 1000 AD. It is made in the vintage versions, simpler and more immediate, and Reserve, with prolonged refinement, extremely long-lived and capable of maturing complex aromas of great finesse. To learn more, read the article dedicated to Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Vermentino is the most popular white wines of Tuscany along the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany. It has intense and citrus aromas, a moderate freshness, offset by a sensational mineral sapidity. From Vermentino various Tuscan white wines are obtained such as Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC, Bolgheri Bianco DOC, Montecarlo DOC and IGT Costa Toscana Vermentino.
Trebbiano Toscano is the white grape variety most used in the production of Tuscan white wines. From Trebbiano Toscano we generally obtain simple white wines for daily consumption, with a light structure and moderately aromatic but also many macerated white wines. From this vine are born countless Tuscan white wines such as Bianco di Pitigliano DOC, Montecarlo Bianco DOC, Montescudaio Bianco DOC and many others.
Ansonica dell’Isola d’Elba DOC
Characteristic of the island, it is made from Ansonica grapes plus other non-aromatic white grape varieties. It is characterized by floral and fruity aromatic scents and notes of Mediterranean herbs and good structure on the palate. Elba bianco and Elba Moscato should also be considered among the Tuscan white wines of Elba.
Pomino Bianco DOC is a white wines from Tuscany produced in the province of Florence and made from Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. It is also produced in the Bianco Riserva, Bianco Vendemmia Tardiva and Vin Santo types.
DOC AND DOCG TUSCAN WHITE WINES AND VINES
Discover the list of DOG DOCG white wines of Tuscany:
- Ansonica Costa Argentario DOC (Ansonica)
- Bianco della Valdinievole DOC (Trebbiano toscano min.70%)
- Bianco di Pitigliano DOC (Trebbiano toscano min. 40% + Altre)
- Bianco Pisano San Torpè DOC (Trebbiano Toscano min. 75%)
- Bolgheri Bianco DOC (Trebbiano Toscano e Vermentino)
- Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC (Vermentino min 70%)
- Colli di Luni DOC (Vermentino)
- Isola Elba Ansonica DOC (Ansonica)
- Montecarlo Bianco DOC (Trebbiano Toscano min. 60%)
- Montescudaio Bianco DOC (Trebbiano toscano min. 50%)
- Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC (Vermentino 90%)
- Parrina DOC Trebbiano Toscano, Ansonica, Vermentino, Chardonnay e Sauvignon)
- Pomino Bianco DOC (Pinot bianco, Pinot Grigio e Chardonnay min. 70%)
- Vernaccia San Gimignano (Vernaccia di San Gimignano
BEST WHITE WINES FROM TUSCANY – Recommended by Jean Marco Palmieri
Testamatta Bianco 2018 – Bibi Graetz
The nose is broad and intense, spreading notes of tropical fruits, cooked apples and ripe yellow peaches embellished with souvenirs of medicinal herbs.
In the mouth it is fresh and elegant with a pronounced minerality that stimulates the palate by recalling allusions of rock bathed in the sea. It ferments in French oak barriques typical of the great Burgundy whites and ages for 6 months in barriques and 6 months in bottle.
A wine triumph of aromas and characterized by a sensational volume and flavor on the palate. Virtuous interpretation of Ansonica, fully qualified among the best Tuscan white wines.
Grapes: Ansonica 100%
Region: Tuscany Approximate price: 80 €
Batar 2017 – Querciabella
Characteristics: A large bouquet stands out on the nose, ranging from ripe fruit to yellow flesh, acacia, custard and saffron. On the palate it is rich and sumptuous, it softly envelops the palate, stretching towards a creamy finish with excellent persistence. Vinified with the use of indigenous yeasts.
Querciabella’s flagship label, Batar is a masterfully balanced wine in its fatty and savory components, an expression of unusual finesse. To be counted among the best white wines from Tuscany for volume on the palate and identity character.
Grapes: Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Bianco 50%
Region: Tuscany Approximate price: 70 €
‘Boggina B’ 2018 – Petrolo
Description: Notes of yellow pulp fruit in syrup alternate with sage, catmint, white chocolate and melted butter. The sip is rich and well-structured, with great concentration and sensationally integrated by a marked saline note. Long and very clean finish with echoes on the fruit and sweet woody notes.
A wine with a full and seductive sip, characterized by balsamic and brackish tones. Among the best white wines of Tuscany for the ability to reconcile identity, structure and elegance.
Grapes: Trebbiano Toscano 100%
Approximate price: 45 €
Trebbiano VD 2019 – Monteraponi
Characteristics: Aromatic layered profile: opens on notes of peach in syrup, orange blossom and saffron, to continue towards tones of wild caper and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate it spreads voluminous, fresh and savory. Well balanced finish, with excellent persistence and cleanliness with references to fruity-floral notes.
It carries out a short maceration on the skins and refines 8 months on the fine lees in barriques.
An expansive and eloquent wine. Without doubt among the best macerated white wine from Tuscany for taste-olfactory complexity and territorial character.
Grapes: Trebbiano Toscano
Approximate price: 50 €
Panizzi – Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2017
Characteristics: Nose rich in facets, including citrus notes of orange blossom, balsamic and vanilla. Fresh and strong on the palate, with a pleasantly savory finish. Maturation and aging in barrique for 12 months.
Organic wine. Among the best white wines of Tuscany for evolutionary potential: very complex and seductive olfactory picture, balance structure and flavor. The very clear fruit stands out embellished with masterfully integrated tertiary notes.
Indicative price 20 €
Vernaccia di San Gimignano ‘Carato’ 2016 – Montenidoli
Description: Aromas initially played on notes of exotic fruit and Dijon mustard, embellished with more enigmatic hydrocarbons. The mouth is wide and lively and supported by a pleasant mineral trail with a slightly almond finish. Organic wine, spontaneous fermentation in steel containers followed by maturation and refinement on the fine lees for several months.
One of the best white wines of Tuscany for its olfactory versatility, refined, long-limbed and sincere, great presence on the palate. Organic wine.
Grapes: Vernaccia di San Gimignano 100%
Indicative price 27 €
Cesani – Vernaccia San Gimignano ‘Sanice’ Riserva 2018
Characteristics: It opens on hints of broom, exotic yellow-fleshed fruits, aromatic herbs and hints of saltiness. The sip is voluminous, with a grainy iodized saline presence.
Organic wine, it matures sur lies for about a year in stainless steel vats and refines for 1 year and a half in the bottle.
One of the best and most sincere interpretations of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, great identity and territorial character. A wine that tells us without compromise the great eloquence of the Pancole terroir, one of the best suited in the San Gimignano area. Fully among the best white wines of Tuscany.
Indicative price 18 €
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva ‘L’ Albereta’ – Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara 2018
Features: Suggests notes of yellow fruit, citrus notes, sage, woody notes and wet stone. Penetrating acidity on the palate supported by an immersive flavor. Intense and persistent finish. organic wine, fermentation with native yeasts in oak barrels.
Among the best white wines of Tuscany for its expansive presence on the palate, excellent persistence in which the varietal character of the fruit embellished with delicate woody notes echoes penetrating and protagonist. Organic wine.
Indicative price : 23 €
Bolgheri Vermentino 2019 – Grattamacco
Description Sensational the olfactory picture that outlines nuances of broom and orange blossom flowers combined with white peach, Mediterranean scrub and saline. On the palate it is full and harmonious, with an excellent structure and an extraordinary flavor. Dense, harmonious and persistent finish. A Tuscan white wine of unusual elegance and a large, clean and mineral sip.
Fully among the best white wines of Tuscany for the skill with which the expressive potential of Vermentino was maximized.
Approximate price: 32 €
Trebianco di Santa Lucia 2018 – Castello dei Rampolla
Description: Honeyed nose embellished with intense hints of yellow peach and quince. The sip, fresh and slender, stretches towards a finish of good persistence with citrus hints. Without added sulphites.
Juicy and expressive, Trebianco is to be counted among the best white wines of Tuscany aged in amphora for the surprising intelligibility of the fruit, fresh and crunchy.
Grapes: 50% Trebbiano, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon, 10% Traminer
Region: Tuscany Approximate price: 23 €
Tin Bianco 2018 – Montesecondo
Description: Brushstrokes of chamomile, yellow peaches and orange blossom combined with notes of acacia and graphite. On the palate it is full and harmonious, with an excellent structure and with a very pleasant acidity that portends a great aging potential. Fresh and persistent finish. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts.
A biting and long-lasting wine, with an excellent extract and a large, clean and mineral sip. Fully among the best white wines of Tuscany for the skill with which the expressive potential of Trebbiano was maximized.
Grapes: Trebbiano Toscano 100%
Region: Tuscany Approximate price: 26 €
Massimo Riesling Toscana IGT 2017 – Terre di Giotto
Characteristics: Nose initially played on floral notes of orange blossom, flanked by registers of tropical fruit, embellished with more enigmatic hints of officinal herbs, hydrocarbons and viennoiserie. Palate characterized by a pressing acidity of backbone and an imperishable persistence finish with echoes in which the fruit echoes the protagonist. Make a short maceration.
One of the best white wines of Tuscany of Mugello for its original character: the alternating note of iodized flavor and acidity creates a very convincing dialectic.
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Approximate price: 30 €
‘Ansonaco’ dell’Isola del Giglio 2018 – Altura
Characteristics: Intense opens on notes of orange blossom and bitter orange marmalade towards nuances of salt and catmint. On the palate it spreads voluminous and enveloping. Excellent flavor and freshness and persistence.
From the Isola del Giglio, an imaginative wine that bets on the character of the native Ansonaco grape variety from the Isola del Giglio. Fully among the best white wines of Tuscanys for territorial identity.
Grapes: Ansonaco 100%
Approximate price: € 35
Bianco ‘Sassocarlo’ Fattoria di Bacchereto 2018 – Terre a Mano
Description: Titillates the nose by alternating intense aromas of orange blossom, slate, salt, candied ginger and exotic fruits. The sip is structured and savory well balanced by a pressing acidity.
One of the best macerated white wines of Tuscany for character and overall finesse: the fruity aromas are integrated with unpredictable nuances that persuade and acquire great consistency at the second sip.
Grapes: Trebbiano Toscano 80%, Malvasia del Chianti 20%
Approximate price: 34 €
Uni 2017 – La Maliosa
Characteristics: The nose alternates fruity aromas of apricot jam and yellow peaches with notes of saffron, chestnut honey and sandalwood. The mouth is lively and of great structure, with a persistent finish played on fruity hints and oriental spices.
Uni is a vertical and complex macerated wine, with unique aromas. To be counted among the best maceratedwhite wines of Tuscany for olfactory originality and gustatory power.
Grapes: Procanico, Ansonica
Region: Tuscany Approximate price: 34 €
Pairings with white wines from Tuscany
What to pair with Tuscan white wines? Tuscany is rich in culinary history, anecdotes and traditions that make this region an Italian gastronomic scenario of great interest. Land of gastronomic excellence based on meat, but also of interesting fish-based dishes, vegetarian recipes, meats and cheeses that can go well with Tuscan white wines.
Tuscan bread is a symbol of Tuscan gastronomy and is distinguished by the lack of salt, so much so that it is called silly or unsalted bread. It is precisely from the reuse of stale bread that many iconic dishes of Tuscan poor cuisine are born that can be combined with Tuscan white wines: pappa al pomodoro and ribollita, but also panzanella and Maremma aquacotta.
Among the starters, pork-based dishes are very popular and can harmonize with the freshness and alcohol content of Tuscan white wines. Typical Tuscan appetizer with cold cuts, such as Tuscan ham, Finocchiona, Lardo di Cinta Senese rigorously accompanied by the Tuscan liver crostino.
To be taken into consideration among the first courses to be paired with Tuscan white wines of very characteristic recipes such as potato tortelli from Mugello, tortelli from Maremma, pici all’aglione and gnudi.
On the Tyrrhenian coast we find fish-based specialties, such as Cacciucco alla livornese or cod alla maremma, as well as a passion for fried rock fish and shellfish.
There are countless white meat-based dishes such as Pollo in Fricassea or Rabbit alla Vernaccia di San Gimignano, all dishes that combine well with the intense and Mediterranean character of Tuscan white wines.
What are the best White Wines from Tuscany?
What are the best Tuscan white wines? Choosing is a difficult undertaking, which however inevitably is subject to the limits of a subjective opinion, which as such, by definition, is deficient and arbitrary.
We have simply compiled a list of our favorite interpretations according to our evaluations. However, it remains essential to underline that wine is not born as a status symbol, to be exhibited or flaunted coram populo.
But to excite us and be shared in a genuine way with the people we love, binding ourselves to contingent situations and to the unrepeatable and intimate moments of our life.
Therefore, we invite you to visit wineries and get to know the producers who produce wines in their uniqueness, so that you can independently discover and choose the wine that can be counted for you among your personal favorite wines. If you have had the patience to read this far, thank you for your attention, but now is the time to fill the glasses and cut the distant hopes, and therefore:
Cheers, Salute, Santé
Jean Marco Palmieri