There’s little excuse for ignorance of Tuscany’s great wines as the region is awash with fine quality at all levels. But avoid the most strongly branded names and seek out smaller or newer producers. Tuscany’s wine renaissance or rinascimento had its beginnings more than 30 years ago. Its artists include both individual producers and highly trained and experienced enologists that increasingly respond to what is required from both producer and site rather than imposing a uniform style. Outside investment and talent, including Swiss, English and American winemakers and entrepreneurs, also play a part. Since the turn of the century we are seeing more emphasis placed on native grape varieties, new or revived wine growing areas and the importance of expressing something of the wine’s origins or tipicità (typicality). As well as unprecedented quality from Sangiovese (topped up with Canaiolo, Colorino etc), and very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, more can now be detected of the different permutations of place, soil and climate. There is also better balance and less oak, allied to greater finesse and elegance.