Carmignano DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOCG

What Does Tuscan Wine Make You Think About?

When it comes to Tuscan wine, Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino is probably what first comes to mind. But let's take a detour from the well-beaten paths of these popular wines and discover the lesser-known, yet equally enchanting regions of Carmignano and Morellino di Scansano. Produced under the stringent regulations of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), both these wines offer a unique expression of the Tuscan terroir.

The wines of Tuscany can be very rewarding to those prepared to venture off the beaten track. (Photo by Luca Micheli on Unsplash) 

Carmignano DOCG: A Historic Blend

Carmignano, located in the heart of Tuscany, is a region with a rich history of winemaking dating back to the Etruscan era. The Carmignano DOCG is a red blend that primarily uses Sangiovese grapes, complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo, and other local varieties. The introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon can be traced back to the Medici era, and this blend sets Carmignano apart from other Tuscan wines.

The Carmignano DOCG is characterized by its robust structure, intense ruby red color, and a complex bouquet of ripe fruits, tobacco, and spices. Aged in oak barrels, the wine develops a smooth tannin structure, making it a perfect companion for hearty meat dishes and aged cheeses.


Morellino di Scansano DOCG: The Taste of Southern Tuscany

Morellino di Scansano, another hidden gem of Tuscan wine, originates from the coastal region of Maremma. Morellino is a local name for the Sangiovese grape, and this wine must contain at least 85% Sangiovese, with the remaining made up of other permitted varieties.

Morellino di Scansano DOCG has a vibrant ruby red color and a fruity aroma with hints of Mediterranean herbs, owing to its proximity to the sea. The wine is known for its bright acidity and soft tannins, making it incredibly food-friendly. From fresh seafood to traditional Tuscan dishes, Morellino di Scansano can pair with a wide range of foods.


Conclusion: The Unique Expression of Terroir

Both Carmignano DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOCG, despite being less known, offer a unique and authentic expression of the Tuscan terroir. Their distinctive characteristics are shaped by the climatic conditions, soil types, and winemaking traditions of their respective regions.

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a casual wine lover, exploring these lesser-known Tuscan wines will surely open up new horizons. So, the next time you're seeking a taste of Tuscany, why not venture off the beaten path and uncork a bottle of Carmignano or Morellino di Scansano? You'll be pleasantly surprised by these hidden treasures of the Tuscan wine world.

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