The world’s largest travel and lifestyle social network Wayn.com has recently awarded Tuscany the prize for producing the most excellent wines in the world. To be selected as the best wine producers worldwide by the majority of 27,000 voters from over 190 countries is no doubt something to boast of, but Tuscan winemakers go far beyond that.
Promoting wine discovery in Tuscany is a mission to undertake with the best combination of traditional knowledge, cultural heritage and hospitality. Wine roads, in fact, have always been considered inextricably linked with the history, arts and cooking tradition of the territory, where each wine has been produced for many years or even many centuries.
The wine road “Terre di Arezzo” is a wide Tuscan network of itineraries offering tastings and visits to wineries as well as unique opportunities to buy high-quality wines at competitive prices. Over 70 wineries, listed on the website www.stradelvino.arezzo.it, produce and sell eight DOC certified wines, whose origin and designation are controlled and granted by the relevant three letters on the label.
Wine tours near Arezzo include other high-quality wineries producing wines such as Colli della Toscana IGT, whose typical geographical indication features less restrictive regulations than DOC and DOCG. Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG and Chianti DOCG are two prestigious vine varieties of the most popular Tuscan wine that in Arezzo area is enriched with particular high quality and international renown standards, granted by a more restrictive certification than DOC.
DOC wines that can be tasted during wine tours near Arezzo include Vinsanto del Chianti dei Colli Aretini Occhio di Pernice DOC, Valdichiana DOC, Valdarno di Sopra DOC, Colli dell’Etruria Centrale DOC and Cortona DOC. Last but not least, the red Super Tuscan wines that have been produced since the 1970s, purposely replacing traditional vines with other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are included in the wide number of excellent wines, available along the wine tours near Arezzo.
More than 200 km form a long wine road extending from Valdarno to Valdichiana, visiting historical and picturesque towns like San Giovanni, Montevarchi, Bucine, Pergine and Civitella, surrounded by castles and beautiful views. Vineyards and olive trees feature the beautiful landscape of Monte San Savino and Lucignano, while the wine road reaches Cortona, the capital of Florentine beefsteak, produced with the local Chianina cattle breed and joyfully celebrated in August.
From the gentle hills of Castiglion Fiorentino to Arezzo, located at the intersection of four valleys, up to the Casentino mountains where the river Arno originates, or back to San Giovanni Vadarno the wine tours near Arezzo will take you around the best wineries of Tuscany. Tasting excellent wines and learning the techniques and secrets of wine making will remain for ever among the unforgettable experiences during your wine tour near Arezzo.
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