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Ciliegiolo

Ciliegiolo is an ancient Italian grape variety, known for its bright, light-bodied red wines with cherry aromas. It is grown in central and southern Italy, notably in its spiritual home, Tuscany.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Ciliegiolo produces light-bodied, ruby-red wines with aromas of cherries, raspberries and blackberries. Its taste profile includes notes of leather, spice, and earth.

Fresh Ciliegiolo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Ciliegiolo is mainly found in central and southern Italy, with Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria and Puglia. Ciliegiolo is a vigorous variety which requires careful management in the vineyards. It has a high tolerance of heat, and prefers well-drained soil. Ciliegiolo is used to make a range of styles. In Tuscany, historically it was a minor blending grape of Chianti. The best example of Ciliegiolo is found in the coastal region of Tuscany, Maremma. The wines have fragrant cherry and red fruits flavors, smooth mouthfeel and refined character. Ciliegiolo's bright fruit flavours and light body make it a versatile food pairing wine. It is an ideal accompaniment to grilled meats, tomato-based pastas, and hard cheeses.

Foods to pair with Ciliegiolo:

Salad
Fish
Asian food
Light meat
Pizza
Pasta
Fun Fact about Ciliegiolo
Ciliegiolo is thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties in Italy, with its name derived from the Italian for "cherry" (ciliegia).

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ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva is a premium red wine produced by ColleMassari, a renowned winery located in the Montecucco appellation of Tuscany, Italy. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 320-420 meters above sea level, with a unique microclimate that allows for the perfect ripening of the grapes. The wine is made using a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Ciliegiolo grapes, which are carefully selected and hand-harvested. The winemaking process involves a long maceration period and aging in oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a full-bodied wine with a complex aroma of red fruits, spices, and vanilla. The ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva is a perfect representation of the Montecucco appellation, showcasing the unique terroir and winemaking techniques of the region.
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Piemaggio Le Fioraie Chianti Classico is a premium red wine produced by Piemaggio, a renowned winery located in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico appellation. The wine is made from Sangiovese grapes amongst others grown in the estate's vineyards, which are characterized by their high altitude and rocky soil. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is a classic Chianti Classico, with a ruby red color, aromas of red fruit and spices, and a dry, medium-bodied palate with firm tannins and a long finish.
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Scarpetta Frico Rosso Toscana is a premium red wine produced by Scarpetta, a renowned winery in Tuscany, Italy. The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese and other indigenous grapes, sourced from select vineyards in the region. The vineyards are characterized by their unique terroir, which imparts distinct flavors and aromas to the wine. The winemaking process involves careful selection of grapes, gentle pressing, and aging in oak barrels to enhance the wine's complexity and depth. The resulting wine is a rich and full-bodied red, with notes of red fruit, spice, and a hint of vanilla. Scarpetta Frico Rosso Toscana is a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts looking for a premium Italian wine with a unique character and style.
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Castello di Querceto Chianti is a high-quality red wine produced by the renowned Castello di Querceto winery in the Chianti appellation of Tuscany, Italy. The vineyards are located in the picturesque hills of Greve, where the grapes are grown in a perfect combination of soil, climate, and altitude. The winemaking process is carefully crafted to preserve the natural flavors and aromas of the Sangiovese grapes amongst others, resulting in a wine that is elegant, balanced, and full of character. Castello di Querceto Chianti is a classic example of a Tuscan red wine, with notes of cherry, plum, and spice, and a smooth, velvety finish.
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Col d'Orcia Toscana Spezieri is a premium red wine produced by Col d'Orcia, a renowned winery located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese, and Ciliegiolo grapes, sourced from the estate's vineyards that are situated at an altitude of 300-400 meters above sea level. The vineyards are characterized by a unique terroir, with soils rich in minerals and a favorable microclimate that allows for optimal ripening of the grapes. The wine is crafted using traditional winemaking techniques, including fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in oak barrels. The result is a full-bodied wine with a complex bouquet of red fruits, spices, and vanilla, and a long, elegant finish.
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