and its vineyards are famous as the source of a considerable variety of excellent wines, almost all red but
with a few more-than-drinkable white wines as well. This was not always so.
During the 1950s, "Chianti" and the other products from Tuscan
wineries were almost synonymous with "plonk".
However, the quality of Tuscan
wines has improved enormously during the past forty years, to the point where
one no longer has to search for good wine - they are almost all good - but for a
wine that suits one's taste exactly. Along with this improvement in quality, Tuscan wines
from within and sometimes between geographical zones have become more uniform in
flavour as the role of oenologists in
the wineries of Tuscany has increased. My prediction is that during
the next few years, Tuscan winemakers will make major efforts to achieve a
distinct flavour for their wines, and that variety in taste will increase
without loss of quality - a kind of democratisation of the
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