Fifty shades of Tuscany

Comparing and contrasting two outstanding terroirs of Tuscany

The Sommeliers’ Themed Lunch is offered by Castello d’Albola and Rocca di Montemassi with the aim of gathering together sommeliers from various top-quality restaurants to discuss an interesting theme in a relaxing atmosphere and in a prestige venue. Tuscany is a promised land for wine, where tradition and innovation both combi- ne and compete in establishing which is the emerging top-quality region. On one side there is Chianti Classico: an incomparable landscape with history and culture that date back to the Middle Ages, featuring stone farmhouses, villas, abbeys, parish churches and castles of exceptional beauty, along with vine-clad hillsides and outstanding wines. On the other side is the Maremma: known as “the other Tuscany”, where rural activities and especially viticulture are redeeming this area that was once unwholesome marshland. Here sweat and toil have always been the order of the day, whether the work involved was above ground or indeed below, in the mines. However, it offers one of the best terroirs for wine in the world.

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