La Mozza, a beautiful 40 hectare estate located in the Maremma region of Tuscany, is dedicated to exploring the Mediterranean climate and varieties. This is a blend of Morellino (local name for Sangiovese), Syrah, Alicante, Colorino and Ciliegiolo. This wine shows the light, fresh and somewhat softer side of Sangio. You’ll never quite escape the tart cherry and earthy tannin but this is a fantastic entry point to the variety and Tuscany.
Sangiovese – Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.
Morellino di Scansano – Part of the Maremma south of Chianti, these wines are at least 85% Sangiovese (aka Morellino) but are often lighter and more crisp than the other Sangiovese regions.
Central Italy – When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Beyond Tuscany there are the magically places of Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Umbria. Each place has its own history and personality that really deserve a night of their own. Better still, a few nights in situ.