The most famous of all Italian wine regions, Central Italy contains Tuscany, Le Marche, Umbria, Abruzzi and Lazio. Protected on both sides by the sea, here you will find the small, picturesque hill towns of post card fame surrounded by vineyards. Here, the Etruscans imported the wine grape from the Orient, where vines grew wild like trees. The harvest was so large that more than enough grapes were produced to export to many countries.
While Chianti might be the most famous of Central Italy’s wines, the Sangiovese grape is also the backbone of the Brunello di Montalcino. These impressive wines have earned their own DOCG. Two of the most famous white wines are also produced in Central Italy: Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the sweet Vin Santo.