Superstars of Tuscany - a guide to Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter masterclasses


Ian D’Agata has selected some of the finest Tuscan wines to enable you to explore all the region has to offer. Read all about the characterful tastings hosted by the world’s top producers at this year’s Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

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Last year, Decanter’s contributor and author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, Ian D’Agata, visited the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter and his Barolo masterclass was a great success. This year, Ian D’Agata will return to the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter and host another masterclass about Italian wine - “Superstars of Tuscany”.

As the greatest and most prestigious wine region in Italy, Tuscany shows its diversity in wine today. In this masterclass Ian D’Agata has selected some of the finest Tuscan wines, to enable you to explore all the region has to offer.

Here, you will not only find the famous Chianti Classico, but you will also have the opportunity to compare it with the Chianti subregion, Rufina. In addition, you can definitely not miss the wine from Bolgheri, which was responsible for reinvigorating the Tuscan wine in the 1960s. The Bolgheri wines also give you the chance to see what happens when Sangiovese meets its classic Bordeaux blend.

There will be several “Super Tuscan” wines from different sub-regions, to allow you to fully explore. Besides red wine, we will present another Tuscany signature, Vin Santo, a sweet wine made from air-dried grapes.

You will rarely find such an impressive line-up at a Tuscany master class. Wines from Sassicaia and Ornellaia will be presented, alongside those from Felsina and Fontodi. Isole e Olena will also be bringing its world famous Cepparello.

Other highlights

Besides the already sold-out ‘Four decades of Château Lafite Rothschild’ and ‘Graham’s Aged Tawny Port’ tastings, there’re still a range of characterful tastings hosted by top producers around the world for you to discover.

If you’re a fan of the iconic wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, join the winery’s general manager & winemaker Nicolas Glumineau to understand this unique terroir through a vertical tasting.

Owner of Pio Cesare, Pio Boffa, will hold a tasting seminar about Barolo and Barbaresco. Owners of Bodegas Torres and Château Smith Haut Lafitte will conduct vertical tastings, in which you can trace the wines through history to some of their oldest vintages.

China’s leading wine authority, Professor Li Demei, will take you on a journey around the world through sparkling wines.

If you are a Sherry lover, you should definitely sign up for the in-depth tasting led by Antonio Flores. He is the master blender at González Byass and he will be presenting a rare Palo Cortado Añada 1987.

Click here to find out more about this year's Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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