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From evolution to revolution: mastering 16 Historical Super Tuscans at Vinitaly 2024

Vinitaly 2024 International Wine and Spirits Exhibition will descend on Verona from 14-17th April. Throughout the event, wine2digital will host several Masterclasses within the VeronaFiere space. One of the most sought-after events revolves around 16 historical Super Tuscans, representing the Comitato of Historical Super Tuscans, the umbrella organisation established by 16 prominent wineries from the Chianti Classico zone. This unique tasting and learning opportunity will take place April 14th at 11 am, led by newly certified Master of Wine, Andrea Lonardi.

From evolution to revolution: mastering 16 Historical Super Tuscans

Super Tuscan wines became symbols of quality and innovation since their inception in the 1970’s. Characterized by their Bordeaux influences and diverging from traditional Italian winemaking, the evolution of the Super Tuscan brand continues to this day. Modern wines from this elevated category reflect a shift toward more nuanced, territory-focused wines, driven by advancements in viticulture, climate change and a desire for wines that more closely represent their Tuscan terroir.

Presenter Andrea Lonardi MW remarks, “For many of these wines, the characteristics that made them famous on the international scene were derived more from production style than terroir style. It is no mystery that today things are evolving, due to the success of Bolgheri, and the arrival of climate change, viticultural improvement, the improvement of Sangiovese genetics and the need to renew the varietal composition. Modern Super Tuscans are the result of a positive evolution.”

From evolution to revolution: mastering 16 Historical Super Tuscans at Vinitaly 2024 in a Masterclasses within the VeronaFiere space.

The term “Super-Tuscan” was coined in the 1980s by Nicholas Belfrage to describe a new style of Tuscan wine characterized by deep color, rich concentration, and significant oak usage, diverging from traditional Tuscan wines to include Bordeaux blends and vineyard selections. This approach led to international acclaim, influencing winemaking beyond Italy. Currently, Super Tuscans are evolving toward wines that are more expressive of their Tuscan identity and terroir, spotlighting a shift from power and extraction to elegance and territorial identity.

The learning objectives of the tasting and Masterclass focus on understanding the historical significance of Super Tuscans, recognizing the factors that have influenced their development over time, and appreciating the stylistic and production changes that reflect their adaptation to modern tastes and environmental considerations. Participants will also discover how these wines have maintained high quality while increasingly emphasizing their Tuscan identity and terroir, illustrating the balance between innovation and tradition in winemaking.

“The recent evolution of these wines retains the highest quality but focuses on identity, with a much more Tuscan and territorial soul,” comments Lonardi. “An intrinsic connection between history, style and, above all, more sense of territory and belonging.”

Wineries included in the tasting:

  • Società Agricola San Felice S.p.A.
  • Marchesi Antinori
  • Azienda Agricola Montevertine
  • Castello di Monsanto
  • Castellare di Castellina
  • Isola e Olena
  • Badia a Coltibuono
  • Querciabella
  • Agricola Marchesi Mazzei S.p.A.
  • Tenute Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari
  • Riecine
  • Felsina S.p.A.
  • Castello di Volpaia
  • Castello di Albola
  • Brancaia
  • Castello di Ama