Winemaking in Italy dates back more than 3,000 years, so you can bet that by now this country has mastered the art of creating some of the most delicious and complex wines the world has ever seen. From the cool Alps in the north to the sunny coasts in the south, Italy offers a wide range of diverse wines ranging in style and flavor. But perhaps the most well known wine region of Italy is Tuscany, known not only for its beautiful landscapes and Florentine legacy, but also as home to some of Italy’s greatest vineyards.

Situated in the northern half of central Italy, Tuscany is known for producing hearty red wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. But the tradition of Tuscan winemaking dates back long before the days of the straw-covered bottles. Ancient Etruscan tomb paintings show that wine was being both produced and appreciated as early as the 8th century, thereby marking the beginning of the grand tradition of Tuscan viticulture.