Italy is famous for its wine, rivaling France in its production. And what wine is more quintessentially synonymous with Italy? With rolling hills, pasta, renaissance villas and providing a more recognizable alternative pairing for liver and fava beans to a mainstream audience?
Why Chianti of course.
So we continue our series of most popular wines by looking at the top 10 most searched-for wines of Tuscany, the home of Chianti – only to find that there isn't a single Chianti on the list; in fact, there isn't any Chianti at all in the top 25. Instead, interest in Tuscan wines is dominated by the cult of Super Tuscans – a style of wine that has bucked tradition and often incorporates international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot into its blends.
We also find that the only DOCG wines, the highest government designation for an appellation, are from Brunello di Montalcino, and none of them are in the top five. Less surprising is that the list features no Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the third Tuscan DOCG appellation to use the region's mainstay grape - Sangiovese.
What do feature on the list are 10 incredibly sought after, critically regarded, and for the most part, very expensive, wines. Half of them have the phenomenal average critic score of 94, but only two cost less than $100. The list would also be almost identical if we included all the wines of Italy – it's just missing a Barolo or Barbaresco or two. It makes sense that Sangiovese is the most represented variety, but Cabernet Sauvignon gives it a run for its money.
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