What to see and do in Montalcino

Discover the qualities of the sangiovese grape variety, the most planted one in Italy, which produces high-quality wines, such as the Chianti Classico or the Vin Santo.

Sangiovese means ‘Jupiter’s blood’ and is native to Italy. It is believed that the Etruscan first and the Roman later already drank wine elaborated with this grape, although it did not become popular until the 18th century. What’s more, the sangiovese grape was first mentioned in a written document in 1772. This variety mainly grows in the middle of the country; hence, it is the most common variety of Tuscan wines. It is a feature of the Chianti Classico – a wine with a guaranteed and protected designation of origin – and the Brunello di Montalcino, two of the most recognisable and awarded Italian wines. In fact, in order for a wine to be considered Chianti Classico, it must contain an 80-100% proportion of sangiovese. In terms of the Montalcino production, sangiovese grape is called ‘brunello’ in this area, thus its wines are called Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese wines – red wines in particular – are really well paired with typical Italian dishes, such as pizza or pasta.

You can taste those at Villa Dievole’s restaurant, where you will be able to enjoy a unique oenotursim experience. Sangiovese wines are distinguished by their sweet and sour flavour with cherry, strawberry, tea and chocolate aromas – they actually offer a wide range of flavours – as well as by oak notes when they are aged in oak. Other features of sangiovese wines are the strong tannins and the high sourness that are appreciated in the mouth. Discover these sangiovese wines with Dievole: red wines Novecento Chianti Classico DOCG 2013 and Chianti Classico DOCG 2014 – known by their elegance, balance, perfume and concentration –, rosé Rosato Le Due Arbie IGT Toscana 2015, white wine Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo DOC 2007. However, there are two very special wines as well: the Certosa di Pontignano Chianti Classico DOCG 2013, which comes from a collaboration with the University of Siena and the Plenum Sextus Melange dei Vini Europei, which combines the Italian sangiovese variety with the Austrian blaufrankish variety.

Apart from tasting the wines and experimenting their good pairing with the Italian food, in Dievole you can learn the story and qualities that make the sangiovese variety the queen of the Tuscan wines and grapes. Therefore, you will be able to better appreciate its richness as well as to surprise your family and friends with the most impressive facts about this renowned Italian variety.

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