Valdichiana or Val di Chiana Toscana DOC covers the Val di Chiana or Valdichiana (Chiana Valley). The Valdichiana straddles two regions, Tuscany, with the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, and Umbria with the provinces of Perugia and Terni. The southern limit of the Valdichiana reaches as far as Orvieto. The term “Valdichiana” therefore means from a geographical point of view a much wider area than the production area of the DOC Valdichiana Toscana, which is instead included only in the Tuscan municipalities.
The Chiana valley is a key thoroughfare between Rome and Milan via either high speed train, or by road on the A1 motorway (‘autostrada’). The main town Chianciano Terme is renowned for its hot springs (‘terme’). The Etruscan town of Chiusi has underground catacombs (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi). Nearby towns include Sarteano, Sinalunga, Montepulciano of Vino Nobile fame and Torrita di Siena.
Terroir: ‘Broad valley, hot in summer, cold in winter and often fairly damp’ (Burton Anderson, 1990, p.198).
Wineries: Fattoria Santa Vittoria.
Valdichiana Bianco DOC: The types of white Tuscan Valdichiana wine are characterized by the native and traditional vines of the area, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia bianca lunga and Grechetto, to which the Chardonnay, Pinot bianco and Pinot grigio varieties have been added over time. These varieties are also used for the production of Vin Santo, as well as sparkling and sparkling wines. This was formerly called Bianco Vergine della Valdichiana or Val di Chiana DOC.
Valdichiana Rosato & Rosso DOC: Based on Sangiovese, plus Canaiolo nero and international varieties.
Vin Santo and Vin Santo Riserva DOC:
No certification: Redi.