In addition to the traditional Chianti
delle Colline Pisane, new DOC wines are being created, making
this area one of the most interesting in the entire region.
The province of Pisa has been producing wine from time
immemorial. In recent years, the best of ancient tradition has
been enhanced by an intelligent use of modern wine-making techniques.
In the context of the great Tuscan tradition, Pisan wines now
hold an important position and are increasingly successful not
only in terms of turnover but also for the esteem on the part
of wine-lovers and experts all over the world.
wines have attained top-level standards, and old and new family-run
farms have become fully-fledged companies that make wines boasting
DOC and DOCG labels guaranteeing their quality.
The hills of Pisa provide an ecosystem particularly suited to
wine-growing thanks to the beneficial influence of the nearby
Tyrrhenian Sea. Classic Tuscan grape varieties prevail, namely
sangiovese and trebbiano toscano, followed by malvasia del Chianti
Though the varieties of grapes are the same, Pisan
wines each have a distinctive personality: the main ones are Chianti
delle Colline Pisane and the Bianco Pisano di San Torpé, Montescudaio
and Colli dell’Etruria Centrale. The Chianti delle Colline Pisane
production area covers a large expanse of land from the Pisan
hills to San Miniato. Made with classic Chianti grapes (sangiovese,
canaiolo nero, trebbiano toscano and malvasia del Chianti), it
is a bright red colour and boasts a rich bouquet and a dry flavour
that makes it ideal with red meat and game.
Between the Arno and Cecina rivers, at the foot of the western
slopes of the Chianti hills, lies the area where the most typical
of Pisan white wines is made, San Torpé, named after Pisa’s first
saint and martyr.
Produced in a vast area, this white wine was created by Chianti
producers who enhanced the trebbiano toscano variety by mixing
it with malvasia toscana and cannaiolo bianco grapes. Bianco di
San Torpé is a dry, delicately-scented wine, pale yellow in colour,
perfect with fish and light starters. It also exists in a Vin
Santo version, a dessert wine that goes well with biscuits and
The Montescudaio DOC variety, considered one of Tuscany’s most
promising wines, is produced near the Val di Cornia and the province
The production area is located in the hills close to the Tyrrhenian
coast and includes the municipalities of Montescudaio, Guardistallo,
Casale Marittimo and Riparbella.
The red is mostly made with sangiovese, canaiolo nero, trebbiano
toscano and malvasia del Chianti grapes - a very similar blend
to Chianti, but the wines from this area are smoother, due to
the beneficial influence of the sea. A brightly-coloured dry wine
with a rich bouquet, the red goes well with red and white meat
and mature cheeses.
The white is made with trebbiano toscano, canaiolo bianco, vermentino
and malvasia del Chianti grapes and is recommended with starters
and delicately-flavoured first courses, fish and shellfish. Production
regulations also allow a Vin Santo made with the same blend of
The Colli dell’Etruria Centrale DOC area coincides with that of
Chianti delle Colline Pisane, but producers must choose one or
the other. Red, white, rosé and Vin Santo are the types permitted.
Red and rosé are made with a blend of grapes similar to that of
Chianti, while white and Vin Santo are also a mixture of typical
Tuscan grapes with the addition of small quantities of pinot,
either blanc or gris. The red wine goes well with white and red
meat, the rosé with garlic bread and pork products, while the
white is a classic all-round wine.