Toscana Bianco Roccamena
Grapes: Trebbiano, Malvasia
Tuscany is perhaps the most famous of all Italian wine regions. This fact has no doubt been perpetuated by the romance of the region’s endless rolling hills and cypress-lined country roads, but it is nonetheless home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines.
Situated in central Italy, Tuscany’s neighbors are Emilia-Romagna to the north and Umbria and Lazio to the south and east. It also shares a short border with Liguria as it stretches up the Tyrrhenian coast and Marche as it pushes eastwards towards the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea on the other side of the Italian Peninsula. As is the case with almost all of Italy’s 20 regions, Tuscan wine has a rich, diverse history and origins which can be traced back as far as the fifth century BC.
Today, Tuscany is at the forefront of oenological excellence and offers the world an array of internationally acclaimed wines such as the archetypal Chianti, as well as the renowned Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alongside Piedmont and Veneto, this region houses a strong complement of DOCGs and more than 30 DOCs, including the likes of Rosso di Montalcino, Bolgheri and Pomino.
Key to the area’s prestige is its distinctive terroir. Several factors contribute to an ideal environment for the cultivation of grapes: coastal and mountain climates, a mixture of well-drained and dry soils, predominantly rich in sand and clay, moderately hilly terrain extending towards the Apennine Mountains and excellent topography.
The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates. The vineyards planted on hillsides at altitudes of 500–1600ft (150–500m) enjoy increased diurnal temperature variation, thus helping maintain the grape’s balance of sugars, acidity and aromatic qualities. One such variety that particularly thrives on these hillside vineyards, performing best in direct sunlight, is Tuscany’s signature red grape Sangiovese.
As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status (Vernaccia di San Gimignano). The region is also home to the eminent dessert wine Vin Santo (which translates as ‘holy wine’), usually comprising Trebbiano grapes which have been air-dried until the start of Holy Week before being made into wine. Moreover, there are red versions which come under the DOC labels Vin Santo del Chianti, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico and Vin Santo di Montepulciano.
The wine firm VINI SELEZIONATI began his activity of production and bottling of high quality Tuscan wines in 1968 and today is one of the most important wine firms of Tuscany, consolidating and amplifying its presence on the national and international markets. The firm developed in a short time into a group that has an efficient structure of bottling and logistics in the heart of Chianti, with a potential of around 40.000 bottled hectolitres each year. GRUPPO VINI SELEZIONATI is then an important presence on the Italian market, both on the modern channel and the traditional one, besides the other European markets. It prides itself of having distributors in many other countries: Russia, United States, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, Israel, South Africa and Guatemala. Our wines are sold both on the traditional channels, through catering industries and wine shops, and on the modern distribution: more than 30 professionals collaborate in the trade sector of the firm. In conclusion we want to spread our trade philosophy: been aware of having at our disposal a wide range of high quality wines and a dynamic and efficient firm, we keep on committing so that we can preserve our high wine’s quality, in relation with the competitive price that we are able to offer.