WINE MERCHANTS UNIVERSITY
The mission of Wine Merchants University is to provide you with industry-relevant data on the major wine-making regions of the world, and the varietals and wines they bring to market.
In Focus: Five Faces of Sangiovese
Sangiovese [san-jeoh-VAY-say] is an ancient red Italian wine grape variety whose name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, “the blood of Jove”. With Nebbiolo from Piedmont in the North of Italy, Sangiovese is considered one of Italy’s most famous and highly regarded indigenous grapes, and indeed one of the most important grapes in the world.
In Italy, Sangiovese is the most widely planted red grape variety. It accounts for approximately 10% of all vineyard plantings in Italy with more than 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) planted to one of the many clones of the grape. On the eastern coast in the heart of Italy lies the marvelous wine growing region of Tuscany, the heartland of Sangiovese. What we find amazing is that the Sangiovese grape can be grown in a wide variety of environments, and varies incredibly even from hill to hill in Tuscany. This single grape can create dozens if not hundreds of different flavors and qualities in a wine.
This diverse array of styles (from light, spicy wines to lush oaky versions) as well as its
success at every price point and with a broad array of foods that make Sangiovese a superstar in the market.
Used in five of the most important DOCG wines in Tuscany, it is these five “Faces of Sangiovese” that we will explore: