One of the best kept secrets of the past 5-7 years has been the development of Tuscan rosé wine – Rosato di Toscana – in the Chianti Classico wine area of Tuscany, Italy.
A few years back, it became evident that there was over-production of wine in the Chianti Classico zone as new vineyards, planted to take advantage of the Chianti wine boom, began to yield good quality grapes. New ideas were needed and one of them was to produce a rosé. When I first heard about this from my wine-making friends, I had a nightmarish vision of sweetish, French-style rosés making their appearance in Chianti. Luckily, the opposite happened. Tuscan rosés – vino rosato, as they are known – are crisp and the taste of the sangiovese grapes comes through strongly. Drunk unusually cold by Tuscan standards, these wines are almost all an excellent accompaniment to lunch ‘under the Tuscan sun’ when a cold, low-alcohol glass of wine goes perfectly with the classic combination of prosciutto, mozzarella and a slice of melon.
Recommended vino rosato is made by these vineyards: