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You might never have heard of Super Tuscans, could be, as it’s not an official name for an Italian wine region or some very local wine grape.
No, Super Tuscans are wines made in Tuscany, from the not indigenous Italian grape varieties; Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Syrah.
The term Super Tuscan was created in the 1970’s, when angry winemakers weren’t patience enough for the long bureaucracy of changes in the Italian wine laws. They began making the wines their way, using grapes which weren’t ‘’allowed’’ nor indigenous in Italy, but resulting in some surprisingly good quality wines. As the Super Tuscans didn’t had an official appellation (yet), in those days they were ridiculously cheap & were often used as table wines!
Italian government finally recognized the wines in 1992, giving it the appellation of IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). Within this appellation, the wines can come from all over the place in Tuscany, from every village out the 10 provinces. Many different wine grapes can be used, but in general, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Syrah are chosen as they’re the best grapes to grow in this region.
You can recognize Super Tuscans by the names the wines are given by the producer. Look for names like ‘’Solaia’’, ‘’Sassicaia’’ or ‘’Siepi’’ on the label. Also Super Tuscans will have a full body, powerful taste, but as the wine making is not bound by rules, they can range from fruity to deep & bold.