The 20 Best Wines of Tuscany (Updated 2022)

What are the best Tuscan wines? Discover our list with photos, description and tasting of the top 20 best wines of Tuscany. 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 wines.

INDEX BEST WINES OF TUSCANY:

  • Grape Varieties of Tuscany
  • DOC and DOCG of the best wines from Tuscany
  • Best wines of Tuscany
  • Food pairing and Tuscan wines

TERROIR AND PRODUCTION AREAS OF WINES OF TUSCANY

What are the typical terroirs of Tuscany and the production areas of Tuscan wines? Let’s discover the main wine-growing areas of Tuscany, from the wines of Central Tuscany to the Tuscan wines of the Tyrrhenian Coast.

Wines of central Tuscany

Chianti Classico

The central part of the region is mainly hilly and has a Mediterranean-type climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The climate gradually becomes more continental and with greater temperature variations approaching the Apennines.

Summers are not very rainy, creating many water problems for the vineyards. The soils are very heterogeneous, however, among these we can identify the alberese, of calcareous origin, and the marl, of a clayey nature, particularly typical and widespread in the Chianti Classico area. The sensational combination of this climate and soils give longevity and elegance to Tuscan wines.

In this area famous Tuscan Sangiovese-based red wines are produced such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano and the historic Tuscan white wine par excellence: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Central Tuscany has also given birth to countless prestigious international vines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, but also Syrah, especially in Cortona and Montecarlo and Pinot Nero in Mugello and Casentino.

Wines of the Tyrrhenian coast

Bolgheri

The climate of the Tyrrhenian coast is Mediterranean, characterized by moderate temperature variations and by the presence of sea winds that mitigate the hot and dry summers. The soils of the Livorno coast and northern Tuscany are rich in sand and clay, definitely rich in micronutrients, which favor the structure and flavor of the Tuscan wines of these areas. The Maremma is instead characterized by the presence of calcareous-clayey soils, while in the Grosseto hinterland the soils of volcanic origin prevail.

The most famous Tuscan wines of the Tyrrhenian coast are produced in Bolgheri, starting from international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Syrah. Maremma, on the other hand, is the homeland of Morellino di Scansano, a famous Tuscan red wine made from Sangiovese grape, locally called Morellino.

Among the white grape varieties that make up the Tuscan wines of the Tyrrhenian Coast, the Vermentino stands out, in particular in Bolgheri and in the territory of Candia dei Colli Apuani, and the Ansonica (or Inzolia) widespread mainly in the Maremma, but also in insular Tuscany on the Island of Elba and on the island of Giglio.

GRAPES VARIETIES OF TUSCANY

What are the most common grape varieties from which wines of Tuscany are produced? Tuscan wines are produced both indigenous and international varieties, with a predominance of black grape varieties (85%).

Native vines – Sangiovese is the most widespread variety in the region and is the main base of many of the best Tuscan red wines, such as Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and Carmignano.

Other indigenous varieties widely spread among Tuscan wines are Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Ciliegiolo and Aleatico for red wines, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vermentino, Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano Toscano for white wines. In addition, on the Tyrrhenian coast, and in particular in the Maremma and on the island of Elba, Ansonica (or Inzolia) is widespread, from which are produced white Tuscan wines of great interest.

Allochthonous vines – The most widespread international varieties among Tuscan wines are Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc and Merlot, particularly widespread in the Bolgheri area and are also often used as complementary vines of Sangiovese, as in the example of Chianti Classico and Carmignano.

Other international grape varieties from which Tuscan wines are produced are Syrah, in particular in Cortona and Lucchese and Pinot Nero, in Casentino and Mugello. As for Tuscan white wines, the most widely used international white grape varieties are Chardonnay, as happens for the Pomino Bianco on the Florentine hills or in the Maremma, and Sauvignon Blanc, which is widespread on the Tyrrhenian coast.

DOCG, DOC, IGT OF THE BEST WINES OF TUSCANY

What are the DOCG and DOC of Tuscan wines? Tuscany is one of the regions with the most designations of origin in Italy, with 11 DOCGs, 41 DOCs and 6 IGTs. It is impossible not to mention Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG among the most important DOCGs. , Vino nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG and Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG.

Among the best DOC of Tuscany stand out Bolgheri DOC the Syrah DOC of Cortona but also the Rosso di Montalcino DOC, the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, the wines of Orcia DOC, DOC Maremma Toscana, and many others.

Let’s discover the appellations of origin of Tuscany with greater resonance:

BEST WINES OF TUSCANY – Recommended by Jean Marco Palmieri

To learn more about the best Tuscan wines, discover the articles dedicated to the various types:

BEST WINES OF TUSCANY (Updated 2021)


‘Sassicaia’ 2018 DOC Sassicaia – Tenuta San Guido

Description: Titillates the nose alternating intense varietal aromas of cherry, myrtle, scrubland, eucalyptus and hints of green pepper. The sip is material and harmonious with powerful and velvety tannins well balanced by a pressing acidity that creates a sensational balance of freshness on the palate.

Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc
Tuscany region

A wine that made the history of Cabernets in Italy and paved the way for Bolgheri wines: dutifully one of the wine of Tuscany for unquestionable finesse. A lysergic, refined but imaginative wine that tells of the eloquence of the Tuscan terroir.

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 – Biondi-Santi

Description: The bouquet is penetrating and complex, played on intense notes of ripe cherry, currant and violet, embellished with juniper berries, eucalyptus, medicinal herbs, leather and undergrowth. On the palate it is vigorous and enveloping with tannins that envelop the mouth in an engaging sip and imperishable persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A wine that gave birth to the legend of Brunello di Montalcino. Wine of extraordinary elegance, whose majestic tannic texture portends a sensational aging potential. Fully among the best wines of Tuscany and among the most famous, historical and iconic ones.

Masseto’ 2015 Toscana Rosso IGT – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

Involving the aromatic framework that is articulated between blueberries, ripe blackberries, flanked by light spicy notes of vanilla, cocoa powder and smoky notes. On the palate it has a sumptuous tannic texture elegantly powerful but smooth.

Grapes: Merlot%
Tuscany region

Considered the best Italian Merlot. One of the best Tuscan wines for its ability to combine structure and aromatic finesse and great and silkiness. Mediterranean and aristocratic character. Fully among the best wines of Tuscany

Le Pergole Torte 2016 – Montevertine

Characteristics: Aromas initially played on notes of black cherry, violet violets and blood orange embellished with more enigmatic hints of wild catmint and humus. On the palate well-hatched and compact tannins and great acidity that confers smoothness.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A historic and intoxicating wine among the best interpretations of pure Sangiovese for its multifaceted taste-olfactory complexity.

Refined, elegiac and long-limbed: with an interesting iodized flavor and inexhaustible persistence in which the varietal character of Sangiovese re-emerges in its eloquence. Certainly one of the most historic and wine of Tuscany

Approximate price: 240 €

Colore 2016 Toscana Rosso IGT – Bibi Graetz

Incisive aromas of ripe cherries and blackberries enhanced by nuances of leather, cloves and medicinal herbs. On the palate it presses with a thick, penetrating and silky tannic texture mitigated by a strong acidity. It opens for a balsamic finish, of very long persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A sui generis and original wine, among the best wines of Tuscany for expressiveness and enhancement of the character of Sangiovese in the hills of Fiesole. It stretches towards a balsamic and persistent finish making the mind travel towards reminiscences and olfactory archetypes.

Approximate price: 300 €

Caberlot 2018 – Il Carnasciale

A Lisergic kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations of dark and mature berries, cocoa powder and balsamic nuances is opensed to the nose. On the palate it is dense, compact, velvety and of unusual persistence.

Vines: 100% Caberlot

One of the best existing Tuscan wines born Vigno Caberlot, a very rare Cabernet clone. An elegant and voluminous wine with great balance. Definitely one of the best Tuscan fonts for taste-olfactory eloquence.

Picconero 2016 – Tolaini

It opens on the nose in a lysergic kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations, tones of dark and ripe berries, nuances of cocoa powder and balsamic nuances. On the palate it is dense, compact, velvety and with an unusual persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 65%, Cabernet Franc 35 %%

One of the best supertuscans in existence born from the synergistic combination of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. An elegant and full-bodied wine with great balance. The Bordeaux-style blend in the rive droite style based on Merlot finds a sensational habitat in the clayey soils that distinguish the Chianti Classico of the Castelnuovo Berardenga area. Surely one of the best Tuscan wines for taste-olfactory eloquence.

Approximate price: 65 €

Saffredi 2017 – Fattoria delle Pupille

It opens to the nose in a lysergic kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations ranging from ripe blackberries, juniper berries, resin and nipitella, embellished with delicate woody nuances.

On the palate it spreads dense, and voluminous, with tannins of extraordinary silkiness that are the prelude to a final of imperishable persistence, with echoes of fruity, floral and spicy notes.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 10%

The Saffredi by Fattoria delle Pupille is an undisputed icon among the best wines of Tuscany, capable of thrilling with its elegantly Mediterranean character. Without doubt the most virtuous testimony of the great enological vocation of the Tuscan Maremma.

Approximate price: 85 €

Tignanello’ 2016 – Toscana Rosso IGT – Antinori

Characteristics: On the nose it is penetrating and leads us to incisive fruity tones of ripe cherry and dried flower potpourri followed by delicate woody brushstrokes of vanilla, cocoa powder. The taste is solemn, silky and voluminous, with great persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese – Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet Franc
Tuscany region

The first Italian Super Tuscan, produced for the first time in 1970.Among the most historic and best wines of Tuscany for classic elegance: A French-style peacock-tailed wine: it opens dark to reveal expansive and telluric on the palate. €

‘Ornellaia’ Bolgheri Superiore DOC  2015 – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

Description: Raspberry, and wild strawberries lengthen towards a finish rich in suggestions of cloves, tobacco, resin, bark and iodized tones. The mouth is immediately enveloped by powerful and silky tannins that slowly leave room for a long and fruity finish. Grapes: Cabernet sauvignon 56%, Merlot 27%, Cabernet franc 10%, Petit verdot 7%
Tuscany region

Born in 1981, it is still one of the most famous super Tuscans at an international level. Superb on the nose and eloquent on the palate, it is a wine with a sensational intelligibility that layers complex aromatic tones defined and unusual.

Surely one of the most historical and best wines of Tuscany for olfactory complexity but also material and resolute palate.
Approximate price: 220 €

Solaia Antinori 2017 Toscana IGT Rosso – Antinori

Description: A kaleidoscope of notes of red fruit and nipitella embellished with elegant woody notes of roasting and cocoa powder. The taste is wide and clean, characterized by a compact and mature tannin. Sensational persistence finish on the fruit, spices,

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Tuscany region

Invented by Piero Antinori in 1978, it is one of the best supertuscan wines of Tuscany. A sumptuous and slender wine, with a long and satisfying sip, one of the most famous and best Italian red wines for depth and olfactory precision.
Approximate price: 325 €

Flaccianello della Pieve 2016 – Colli Toscana Centrale IGT – Fontodi

Description: On the nose it spreads intense notes of ripe cherry and red orange peel followed by autumn spices and juniper berries. Well-defined and measured tannins and pacing acidity that gives great freshness and drinkability.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Considered among the most famous Supertuscan, a wine that has marked generations of enthusiasts all over the world. A long-limbed and vibrant wine. Among the most historic and best wines of Tuscany for maximizing the varietal character of Sangiovese.
Approximate price: 90 €

Redigaffi 2017 – Tua Rita

Description: It opens in a kaleidoscope of aromas between notes of blueberries and blackberry jam followed by a more austere character of dark cocoa powder, cardamom, incense and undergrowth. The palate with a silky tannin and good acidity that favors drinkability. Great flavor and excellent persistence.

Grapes: Syrah 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best interpretations of Syrah in Italy. Sapid and seductive with intact fruit of great intelligibility, embellished but not masked by the tertiary notes. Fully among the most famous and best wines of Tuscany for the enhancement of the grape variety of the famous Rhone valley.

Approximate price: 270 €

Syrah ‘Apice’ 2016 –  Stefano Amerighi 

Description: Interesting aromatic picture that spreads elegant and intense notes of blackberry and blueberry, blood nuances, salted capers, patchouli for a spicy finish. On the palate it is enveloping, flowing and with unscrupulous tannins and sensational acidity.

Grapes: Syrah 100%
Tuscany region

Considered one of the most virtuous and whimsical interpretations in Italy of the grape that became famous in the Hermitage. A Syrah with a great material extract but also stands out for its character: multifaceted and imaginative nose and compact, vigorous and exciting tannins. Fully among the best wines of Tuscany.

Approximate price: 45 €

‘Cepparello’ 2016 – Toscana Rosso IGT – Isole e Olena

A harmonious wine, with a fresh drink but enriched by strong brushstrokes of wild strawberries, cassis, eucalyptus, leather and undergrowth nuances. Great extract that creates a sensational counterpoint with the pounding acidity typical of Sangiovese. Emphatic and penetrating finish.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Among the most historical and best are the best wines of Tuscany for balance and harmony and ability to enhance and integrate the tertiary notes. A vibrant wine, historical, iconic and incisive representation of Sangiovese.

Approximate price: 80 €

Brunello di Montalcino 2015 – Poggio di Sotto

Characteristics: Ripe and preserved red fruit, which stretch towards a finish of austere spices, goudron, spicy nuances and undergrowth Great polyphenolic extract and final length and great precision

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best versions of Brunello di Montalcino with international success. A powerful, prolix and exciting wine. Ideal wine for enthusiasts, certainly among the most famous and best wines of Tuscany.

Approximate price: 145 €

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Cerretalto’ 2012 – Casanova di Neri

Description: The aromatic spectrum is seductive and outlines nuances of ripe cherry, wild raspberry to make room for woody tones, tar and tobacco. On the palate it is voluminous, with a very thick tannic texture well outlined and synergistically linked to an acidity that creates dialectics and rhythm. Excellent persistence with afterward echoes of fruit and spices.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

An unmissable wine: triumph of aromas and skilfully integrated tertiary notes. It is a duty to rank it among the best wines of Tuscany for its ability to masterfully renew the character of the Brunello di Montalcino we are used to.

Approximate price: € 285

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ 2015 – Il Marroneto 

Description: Faceted, fine and complex character: it opens on exposure on berries and ripe cherries, embellished with spices, blood notes, licorice and officinal herbs. Great extract in the mouth with compact tannins of great thickness and finesse. Excellent persistence and elegance.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

An imaginative and exciting wine, an interpretation of extraordinary elegance of Brunello di Montalcino, certainly among the best wines of Tuscany for sensational dialectic between fruit clarity and tertiary notes.

Approximate price: 255 €

Case Basse 2015 – Toscana IGT Rosso – Soldera

Description: It is articulated between dark tones of red fruits such as wild strawberries and wild raspberries and dried flower poutporri followed by a more austere register of coffee powder, juniper berries and leather.

It presses the palate with an impressive and silky tannin and a good acidity that favors drinkability. The material and final mineral trail of extraordinary persistence is sensational.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Brunello di Montalcino telluric, enveloping, savory and exciting. Deservedly among the most historic and best wines of Tuscany. Considered internationally as one of the most virtuous interpretations of Sangiovese.

Approximate price: 650 €

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna Vecchia’ – Le Ragnaie 2013

Description: It gives off intense tones of raspberry, strawberry grapes in alcohol, white chocolate and tobacco. In the mouth it has a well-defined, compact tannin and a great grip acidity that creates harmony and cleanliness to the sip. Excellent persistence on balsamic echoes.

A whimsical and exciting organic Brunello di Montalcino. Among Best for expressive interpretation of Sangiovese. Duly among the best emerging wines of Tuscany.

Approximate price: 130 €
Tuscany region

‘L’Apparita’ 2015 Toscana Rosso IGT – Castello di Ama

Description: Red fruits in evidence among which stand out ripe black fruits, plum, epiphanies of autumnal forest walks followed by pleasant sandalwood and sweet tobacco.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

Recognized as one of the best wines of Tuscany produced with Merlot: great mastery in the varietal interpretation of the Bordeaux grape. Enveloping, dense and majestic with a boundless and archaic finish.
Approximate price: 250 €

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ‘Colonia’ 2017 – Fèlsina

Description: The nose convinces us with intriguing notes of dark berries, violets and iris that mix with austere toasted nuances and sweet spices. On the palate it is enveloping, the tannic texture is material and supported by a nice acidity. Harmonious and persistent finish.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Beating heart of Chianti Classico: Felsina seduces us with an intense wine of great character, a representation of the quintessence of Sangiovese. Fully qualified among the best wines of Tuscany for their great depth, fascinating and highly recognizable.
Approximate price: 90 €

Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Il Poggio’ 2016 – Castello di Monsanto

Description: Characteristics: It fascinates with its lively and passionate olfactory framework that leads between notes of wild raspberry and blackberry embellished with spicy and roasted tones and stretches towards a finish on aromatic herbs between nepitella and musk. The sip has a sensational extract, voluminous, silky, with an imperishable persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo and Colorino 10%
Tuscany region

This historic cru of Castello di Monsanto was born from the historic vineyard planted in 1962. Among the best Chianti Classico in circulation. A French-style peacock tail telluric wine: it opens slyly and seductively to reveal itself sensationally expansive and majestic on the palate. Deservedly among the best wines of Tuscany
Approximate price: 52 €

Galatrona’ Valdarno di Sopra 2017 – Petrolo

On the nose a bouquet stands out that ranges from hints of cherry, blackberry, humus and vegetable epiphanies, to give space to tertiary suggestions of vanilla, licorice and coffee. On the palate it is warm with an enveloping, silky tannic texture and a long seductive balsamic persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

A sensational interpretation of the Bordeaux vine in Tuscany, conceived with the contribution of the famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini. A powerful and rich wine embellished with captivating mineral suggestions and great intelligibility of the fruit. Deservedly among the best wines of Tuscany overall for finesse and varietal enhancement of Merlot

Approximate price: 120 €

‘Oreno’ 2017- Tenuta Sette Ponti

The olfactory picture is interesting, articulated between tones of dark and ripe berries, nuances of cocoa powder and balsamic nuances. On the palate it is dense, compact, velvety and with an unusual persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best supertuscans in existence. An elegant and full-bodied wine with great balance. Deservedly among the best wines ofTuscany for enhancing the Bordeaux blend in Tuscany.

Approximate price: 120 €

FOOD AND TUSCAN WINE PAIRING

Antipasto Toscano

What to combine the best wines of Tuscany with?

Tuscany is rich in culinary history, anecdotes and traditions that make this region an Italian gastronomic scenario of great interest. Land of gastronomic excellences such as Chianina and Maremmana beef, Cinta Senese pig but also game such as duck, hare and wild boar.

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: pappa al pomodoro and ribollita, but also panzanella and Maremma aquacotta.

Among the starters, pork-based dishes are popular. Typical Tuscan appetizer with cold cuts, such as Tuscan ham, finocchiona and soprassata, rigatino and buristo, strictly accompanied by Tuscan livers toast.

The first courses are generally based on complex sauces often based on game and white meats such as the famous pappardelle with wild boar or hare sauce. Other very characteristic Tuscan first courses are Mugello potato tortelli, Maremma tortelli, pici all’aglione and gnudi.

Wild boar scald
Among the second courses to try in Tuscany we find the famous Florentine steak, a very tall and tasty cut of Chianina or Maremmana meat to be cooked on the grill or on the grill and served very rare. Among the main courses based on meat, there are countless stews and braised meats such as Peposo dell’Impruneta, the Sangiovannese-style Stracotto, the Wild Boar Scottiglia.

Also from the beef are born iconic dishes of Tuscan cuisine such as the Florentine tripe and the Lampredotto, but also the tongue, the cheek and the livers, all dishes that can be opened in the classic Tuscan street-food.

Not least the Tuscan soups and minestrone, generally made of black cabbage, but also the beans all’uccelletto, a must in typical Tuscan taverns.

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.

Finally, there are many traditional Tuscan desserts. Among these are the cantucci di Prato which go perfectly with Tuscan vin santo, or other typical sweets such as the Florentine schiacciata, the grape schiacciata, the brigidini, the Sienese panforte and many others.

What are the best wines of Tuscany?

What are the best wines from Tuscany? Choosing is a difficult undertaking, which in any case inevitably lies within the limits of a subjective opinion, which as such, by definition, is deficient and arbitrary. We have compiled our list of virtuous quality interpretations of wines from Tuscany from the best wineries according to our evaluations.

However, it remains essential to underline that the best wines from Tuscany are those that are able to excite us, also by binding themselves to contingent situations and unrepeatable and intimate moments of our life.

Therefore, we invite you to discover all the wineries that produce wines from Tuscany in their uniqueness, so that you can independently find and choose the wine that can be counted for you among your best wine from Tuscany.