Choosing the right wine: Piedmontese wine or Tuscan wine?
How many times, before organizing a dinner with friends, have you found yourself faced with a difficult choice to pair wine with your delicacies: should you choose a Piedmontese wine or a Tuscan wine? Without wishing to treat the confrontation as a football derby that leads to stances and strict alignments, we try to better understand which are the cultural differences between the two Regions, that are then reflected in the bottled product.
What characterises Piedmontese wines
In Piedmont the first quality that stands out is passion. The love that each winegrower has for their hill and for their rows of vines, large or small. It’s an indissoluble bond, which recalls the meaning hidden behind Oudeis, by Serafino. Oudeis, in fact, in Greek, stands for “nobody“. Therefore, although the winemakers are the real makers of their wine, only the Piedmontese territory can be both protagonist and father at the same time. In Piedmont the same grapes, grown a few hundred meters away from each other, lead to very different wines, giving authenticity and exclusivity to each individual producer.
What characterises Tuscan wines
In Tuscany, it’s above all the cellar that makes the difference. The brand is presented and packaged in a sumptuous and refined way, although the grapes aren’t as varied as those present in Piedmont: the great classic Sangiovese, together with international grapes, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, bring great wine tradition to the region.
Choosing between Piedmont or Tuscany isn’t simple at all. Two regions with a precise cultural imprint that lead to 360° comparisons, not only at the table. And to you, if I say: Savoy or De Medici? Apennines or Alps? Nebbiolo or Sangiovese? Barolo or Brunello? Perhaps the last one is even the most difficult of the questions you’ve been asked. And, let’s be honest, there is no right or wrong answer. To determine which wine is better than another one, there are many different situations and personal tastes. It will certainly never be possible to speak in absolutist terms referring to two excellences of our country like these.
But let’s start from the facts, the certain ones, referring to the most prominent products of the two lands: Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. The first one was born in the Langhe, in a “Tortonian terrain”, characterized by alternating marl and stratified sands. It’s precisely the marls that favor the cultivation of the vine, allowing Barolo to be born a few kilometers south of the city of Alba, in the territory of eleven municipalities, characterized by medieval castles. One of the many is precisely that of Barolo, which gives its name to the wine: a pure Nebbiolo that we also see in the noble Barbaresco, and which is also present in the Gattinara, two other Piedmontese excellences.
Brunello di Montalcino is one of the great Tuscan gems. A wine known all over the world, produced in the municipality of Montalcino, in the province of Siena in lower eastern Tuscany. A unique land, 40 kilometers east of the sea, 100 kilometers west of the Apennines. In this vast territory of almost 250 square kilometers, one of the symbols of Tuscany is born: genuine and incisive, just like the character often associated with their producers. Here, like Nebbiolo for Barolo, Sangiovese is vinified in purity, making this wine exclusive, capable of really differentiating itself from the rest of the Tuscan production.
A small difference? In Tuscany, the various wines, such as Chianti, or Vino Nobile Montepulciano, are mainly all made with Sangiovese. In Piedmont, however, in addition to Nebbiolo, there is Barbera, Dolcetto, and Vespolina among many others.
Which wine to taste first?
In conclusion, you also understand that asking us whether a Tuscan or a Piedmontese wine is better has put us “slightly” in difficulty.
Our proposal is to start by tasting a Barolo DOCG “Bricco San Biagio”, perhaps discovering how its aroma and flavors are combined with our summer truffle, or with a fresh egg pasta with a tasty venison ragù. After that, we are sure that you too will stop wondering what is best between one and the other, enjoying the best combinations, experimenting and sipping what most satisfies your palate.
And who knows, maybe one day you will be able to taste the delights of Tuscany directly from us…
– Until next time, With love!