Treading Grapes: Walking Through The Vineyards Of Tuscany

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - Travel - 480 pages

Tuscany offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. The unique combination of cypress trees and olive groves mingling with vineyards and woods on undulating hillsides is enchanting. With villages and villas at every turn, what better way to explore the countryside than on foot? Over fifteen months of changing seasons Rosemary George did just that, visiting wine producers along the way, observing and savouring the local colour and the idiosyncrasies of a myriad of winemakers.

Each chapter will feature a walk through a wine region and include advice on the key estates, places to visit and favourite restaurants. Chianti, which covers the heart of Tuscany, is the wine we all know and love, with vineyards in the magical hills around Florence and Siena, and the medieval cities of Arezzo and Pisa. However, the face of Tuscan viticulture has changed enormously in recent years with the development of the vineyards of the Maremma, bringing a host of new wines.

Treading Grapes charts this wonderful renaissance of Tuscan wines, not just of Chianti, but also of the newer prestigious names such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia in the rising area of Bolgheri. It also covers the old-established wines of Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and several others, not least the island of Elba. It will be enjoyed by wine enthusiasts and armchair travellers alike.

 

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When George, the author of nine books on wine (including the award-winning The Wines of Chablis ) and a regular contributor to Wine International , hikes through the many vineyards of Tuscany, she ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
9
The Changing Face of Tuscany
20
An Introduction to Chianti
33
Lamole
56
From Isole e Olcna
71
Around Fonterutoli
81
From Castello di
91
From GaiolcinChianti
109
San Gimignano Vernaccia and Rosso
271
Montecarlo
290
Colline Lucchesi
298
Candia dei Colli Apuani Colli di Luni and the
311
An Introduction to the Maremnm
324
Montescudaio
347
Cornia and Suvereto
354
Massa Marittima and a Detour
368

From the Castello di Brolio
121
Around Felsina Berardenga
135
Chianti Rufina and Pomino
141
Chianti Colli Fiorentini
153
Chianti Colli Aretini
166
Chianti Colline Pisane and Nearby Estates
174
Montalcino SantAntimo and Orcia
190
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Cortona
224
Carmignano and Chianti Montalbano
258
Montecucco
377
Pitigliano and Sovana
395
Capalbio and Ansonica Costa dellArgentario
407
Elba
414
Glossary
426
The SuperTuscans Riservas and Crus
437
Helpful Hints
452
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Rosemary George is a Master of Wine and the author of nine other books, including The Wines of Chablis, which won the André Simon and the Glenfiddich Award, Chianti and the Wines of Tuscany and The Wines of the South of France. She co-edited the Which?Wine Guide, has contributed regularly to Oz Clarke's Wine Guide and also writes for consumer magazines such as Wine International, Decanter and the Quarterly Review of Wines.

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