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Sangiovese

Sangiovese Grapes

Sangiovese is the king of Italian red grapes.

Sangiovese Regions

The Sangiovese wines from Toscana (Tuscany) are world famous.

Montalcino, Toscana

Rosso di Montalcino DOC 100% Sangiovese
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 100% Sangiovese

Montepulciano, Toscana

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC Min 70% Sangiovese
Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Min 70% Sangiovese

Chianti, Toscana

Chianti DOCG Min 70% Sangiovese
Chianti Classico DOCG Min 80% Sangiovese

Other Toscana Regions

Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG 90-100% Sangiovese
Suvereto Sangiovese DOCG 85-100% Sangiovese
Morellino di Scansano DOCG 85-100% Sangiovese
Carmignano DOCG Minimum 50% Sangiovese

Outside Toscana

Montefalco DOC 60-80% Sangiovese

About Sangiovese

Sangiovese's homeland is Tuscany. But it is also big in Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Campania, and Sicily. It is the most cultivated red grape in Italy.

The name (Sanguis Jovis) is Latin for "Blood of Jupiter".

Sangiovese is thin-skinned and the color of the wine is light red.

Sangiovese wine has high acidity, high tannins, medium body and medium alcohol.

Sangiovese Clones

Based on the work of G. Molon in 1906, Sangioves has been divided in two families: the Sangiovese Grosso (big), used for making Brunello di Montalcino, and Chianti wines, and the Sangiovese Piccolo (small), used in the other zones of Tuscany.

But this classification is too simple. There are nearly 100 approved clones of Sangiovese in Italy and the are no indication that the quality can be based on the size of the grapes.

Terroir

Sangiovese loves the Galestro terroir found in most of Tuscany’s best vineyards.

Galestro was created in a deep sea which is now the Mediterranean. It is a formation of stone, mudstone, sand, and clay (not compact clay), that breaks into little pieces helping open the soil.

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