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The prince of Tuscan vines

The Sangiovese

A red grape of great personality and character which has given life to wines which have made their mark on markets throughout the world.

The Sangiovese is a grape which is not particularly easy to grow, and which yields very different results depending on the microclimate and the soil on which it is cultivated. All of the great Tuscan wines are based on Sangiovese: Chianti and Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Nobile di Montepulciano.
The red wines are consequently the major ambassadors of the region’s wine production, and it is exactly why Tuscany is known worldwide as the “land of the great reds”.
Along with the Sangiovese, often vinified unblended with excellent results, during the last decades many producers have decided to experiment the vinification of non-indigenous grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It is precisely the combination of these grapes with Sangiovese that has given rise to the so-called “Super Tuscans”, that is the fine wines of innovative style which have succeeded in conquering the market as a result of their great personality and their indisputable Tuscan origin.
The mix with Sangiovese effectively makes these wines completely different from other great reds produced in other wine-growing regions of the world. It is not by chance that in California and other areas of the globe growers are experimenting with Sangiovese, which has gained a place among elitary wines. Nevertheless, the Tuscan soil cannot be reproduced elsewhere, and Sangiovese is sure to keep on giving the best of itself in the vineyards of this region.
Alongside the great red wines, for some decades Tuscany has also expanded its production of white wines, planting out predominantly Chardonnay and Sauvignon vines. The native white grape vines such as Malvasia and Trebbiano, are instead used for the production of several traditional white wines and the vinsanto, a natural sweet wine produced with dried grapes through a long and laborious vinification procedure. Vinsanto is without doubts one of the standard-bearing wines of Tuscan tradition, and has recently enjoyed a major revival which has brought it into the top ranks of natural Italian passito wines, the perfect match not only for desserts, but also for mature cheeses and liver pâté.
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