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Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a red grape variety that is grown widely throughout Italy. It is a key component in many of the country's most celebrated wines, such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. This grape is known for its bright cherry and strawberry flavors, along with its herbal and earthy aromas.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red grape variety that is known for its bright cherry and strawberry flavors, along with its herbal and earthy aromas. It has medium level of tannins and medium to high level of acidity. On the palate, it has a juicy, fruity character that is balanced by spice, earth and leather notes.

Fresh Sangiovese grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Sangiovese is grown throughout Italy. Although it is especially prominent in the regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, where it is used to produce some of the country's most famous wines, it is widely planted throught out central Italy. Outside Italy, it can be found in the French island of Corsica, where it is called Nielluccio. In Australia, New Zealand and the USA, there are some experimental plantings of the variety, however, it does not enjoy the same popularity as in its homeland of Italy. Sangiovese is a relatively easy grape to grow, although it can be prone to disease, such as downy mildew and oidium. It prefers warm, sunny climates and well-drained soils. The grape is usually harvested in late September or early October. In the winery, it is typically fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in oak barrels for several months to a year. The character of Sangiovese-based wines varies greatly from region to region. In Tuscany, the wines tend to be full-bodied and deeply colored, with flavors of black cherry, tobacco and herbs. In Emilia-Romagna, the wines are typically lighter-bodied and more approachable, with notes of red cherry, dried herbs and spice. Sangiovese pairs well with a variety of foods, including grilled meats, tomato-based pasta dishes and hard cheeses. It is also a good match for red sauces, mushrooms and earthy vegetables.

Foods to pair with Sangiovese:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Sangiovese
Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy, with over 130,000 hectares under cultivation. It is estimated that the variety is responsible for over 10% of all Italian wine production.

Top Wines with Sangiovese

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Antinori Tignanello

Antinori

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Antinori Tignanello is a rich and powerful red Tuscan blend from one of the oldest and most renowned winemaking families in Italy. The blend is made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, and the resulting wine is intense and flavorful, with aromas of blackberry, currant, tobacco, and earthy spice. The palate is full-bodied, with ripe tannins, hints of coffee, and a long, smooth finish. Antinori Tignanello is an excellent choice for special occasions or to pair with red meat and game.
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Antinori Villa Antinori Rosso

Antinori

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This exquisite Italian blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes is a classic example of balanced complexity and finesse. Crafted by Marchesi Antinori, one of Italy's oldest and most revered winemaking families, Villa Antinori Rosso is an intense ruby red in color and offers aromas of black cherries, blackberries, and sweet spices. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is rounded and smooth, with a pleasant acidity and velvety tannins. A truly elegant red, it is perfect for enjoying with roasted meats, game, pasta dishes, and aged cheeses.
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Ornellaia Le Volte

Ornellaia

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Ornellaia Le Volte is a highly regarded wine that showcases the expertise of its producer in crafting exceptional wines. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Bolgheri in Tuscany, Italy, this wine benefits from the region's ideal vineyard features, including a favorable climate and well-drained soils. The winemaking process involves a meticulous selection of grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is characterized by its elegant and refined style, with a harmonious balance of fruit flavors, subtle oak notes, and a smooth, velvety texture. Ornellaia Le Volte is a true testament to the artistry and passion behind its creation.
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Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Banfi

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This Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a complex and inviting Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Montalcino region of Tuscany. The wine has a deep, ruby-red color and an intense nose of dark fruits and spices. On the palate, flavors of blackberry, cherry, leather, tobacco, and spice mingle together for a balanced and full-bodied experience. The tannins are firm yet elegant, and the finish is long and lingering on the palate. This wine pairs perfectly with Italian dishes like risotto or pasta, roasted meats, and aged cheeses.
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Ruffino Chianti

Ruffino

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Ruffino Chianti is a classic Italian wine produced by Ruffino, a renowned winery with over 140 years of experience. This wine is made in the Chianti appellation, which is known for its rolling hills and ideal climate for growing Sangiovese grapes. The vineyards used to produce Ruffino Chianti are carefully selected for their unique features, including their altitude, soil composition, and exposure to sunlight. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, such as maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is a medium-bodied red with a bright ruby color, a bouquet of red fruit and spices, and a dry, balanced finish. Ruffino Chianti is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a popular choice among wine lovers.
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