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Italy's most important grape variety

Sangiovese is one of the oldest Italian grape varieties: as early as around the year 2500, the Etruscans cultivated this variety in central Italy. Today, Sangiovese is one of the country's most important vines, providing the basis for some of Italy's best DOC and DOCG wines. Sangiovese is the main component of the classic red wine Chianti, and it can also be found in quality drops such as Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. In addition to the traditional growing country of Italy, Argentina has also been gaining ground as an important territory for Sangiovese in recent times.

As mentioned, a wide variety of wines contain Sangiovese grapes. Varietally pure Sangiovese is therefore rather rare. For example, Chianti wine contains Sangiovese. Click on the name to learn more about this wine!

Did you know that ...

... the name Sangiovese is of bloody origin? «Sanguis Giove» in Latin means nothing other than «Jupiter's blood». Did the strong red color of the pure Sangiovese wine possibly influence the naming?