Sangiovese grapes are planted in very exclusive regions of the world, but this variety originally comes from the central part of italy.
In Tuscany, and especially in Chianti Classico, we produced a Sangiovese that takes a lot from our land.
Of course with the development in farming and technology, some other areas of the world have been artificially created for the plantation of Sangiovese grapes, but the resultant flavor can never compare to its predecessor. Sangiovese grapes flourish in the terroir of Tuscany, where it receives the exact environment it needs – very mineral, practically crumbled stone. The Sangiovese grapes have actually many clones that are harvested all over Italy. This results in wines with very distinct tastes and flavors. Starting from strawberry and floral aromas like the Montefalco Rosso, it ranges all the way to the tannic dark wine of Montalcino; Sangiovese grapes cater to a very wide range of tastes.
What are the Sangiovese Regions?
The geographical regions where Sangiovese grapes are cultivated occupy almost 70,820 hectares of land across the globe, but the division of hectares lies in favor of the predominantly wine producing areas of Italy. Almost 155,000 acres of land from the Italian regions of Tuscany, Campania, and Umbria has been dedicated to the production of Sangiovese grapes in huge vineyards. Also in Corsica we can find this grape variety. In fact this small island has almost 4,800 acres of land being used for the production and fermentation of Sangiovese grapes. Even in Argentina you can find the Sangiovese with 2,010 acres, U.S. with 2,000 acres, and Romania, Chile and Austria producing very small quantities from even smaller regions.
We should say anyway that the Tuscan atmosphere and climate favors the genetics of the fruit and no other region can quite compare to the very unique and earthy, leathery and mineral flavor of Sangiovese grapes that have been cultivated in Italy. Especially when we are talking about Chianti Classico.
The Uniqueness in the Flavor of Sangiovese Wine
Sangiovese wine has the rare ability of mutating into different tastes by altering its genes accordingly with the environment it is cultivated in. Some of the aromas that can be as rustic and earthy as fine wine should be and a great example of that is the exclusive Chianti Classico, while others can be very fruit-forward and aromatic. However, no matter where the grapes have been cultivated, the taste always has a hint of wild berries and iris.
Also the Sangiovese can aged particularly well, and of course with the aging process you can achieve a much more complex bouquet. That's the reason why we recommend to taste both the younger and then the much mature Sangiovese.
The Art of Smelling Wine- Sommelier Secret
Once you will get the amazing opportunity to taste Sangiovese wine, try dedicating yourself to just sitting and sniffing for a few minutes before consuming the wine. At that point you will start to notice that with time, the aroma transforms and gives out a hint of leather notes, and this is very apparent when the wine is older.
Something more about the Sangiovese Flavors
A very traditional example of very fine and elegant Sangiovese Wines is the Montemaggio Chianti Classico. A beautiful combination of wild berry flavors with a subtle hint of spice. Such fine wine doesn’t come often. This is develop this kind of characteristics finesse thanks to the climate of Fattoria di Montemaggio which is determined by the altitude of the vineyards (450m to 600m above the level of the Sea)
Sangiovese can also be a bit more full in terms of body and more potent in terms of aroma. You can easily find this characteristics in the Brunello di Montalcino, wich is of course a Sangiovese. Here the smoky and dark chocolate are the quite peculiar components flavors with a hint of an aftertaste similar to that of oregano. The darker wines are savory and are even used as scrumptious food pairings since they pair quite perfectly with black pepper steaks. For a wide range and fine flavor of wine, you can take a look to the collections available at Montemaggio and find a blend that makes you crave.