Sangiovese

Benvenuto Brunello 2019: the best of Brunello di Montalcino wines

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. 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.

Benvenuto Brunello 2019: the best of Brunello di Montalcino wines

Amongst the major wine events in Italy each year, Benvenuto Brunello is one of the most exciting previews! This preview (or in Italian anteprima) marks its 27th year presenting the famous Brunello di Montalcino wines in southern Tuscany.  Benvenuto Brunello is organized by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino; since its DOC recognition in […]
February 4, 2019

Toccastelle: reaching for the stars with a historic vineyard and olive grove

In our stars and in our roots. The connection between the roots of the vines and the stars that guide their growth and everything around us – recognized first by the Etruscans – is the noble concept behind Tocca Stelle, a new line from Dievole that represents our striving for excellence and also our Tuscan […]
November 16, 2018

7 thirst-inspiring movies about wine

Not only has wine managed to score an important role on our tables: its has also effortlessly made its way onto the big screen. From iconic screenwriting landmarks, such as Hannibal Lecter’s Chianti line in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs”, to taking over entire plots, wine in movies is true star-material. Humble […]
March 20, 2018

What to see and do in Montalcino

Montalcino is one of those idyllic Italian towns that become impossible to forget, a place that still today vaunts its sixteenth-century appearance: this picturesque town is entirely surrounded by still-intact fortified walls.  Montalcino‘s location only adds to its beauty, as it’s situated just south of Siena in the beautiful Val d’Orcia. The breathtaking town is not only […]
February 9, 2018

Autumn in Tuscany: 7 great ways to spend the day

There are few things as beautiful as autumn in Tuscany. In this post, we show you what to do in Tuscany a day in autumn to spend an unforgettable day. Seven ways to spend Autumn in Tuscany Truth be told, there really isn’t a bad time to visit our region (though maybe we’re a little bit […]
October 26, 2017
A promenade on Monte San Michele Ph. Costanza Giovannini (Flickr CC)

Picnic spots in the Chianti region: the best places for outdoor dining

From shady olive groves to its signature rolling hills, Tuscany is a treasure trove of glorious panoramic viewpoints, leisurely settings and, naturally, great picnic spots. Early fall is a great time for al fresco eating and Chianti is brimming with breathtaking outdoor settings (and grapes!) ripe for the picking!   A hunger for altitude If peaks pique […]
September 12, 2017

Chianti wine vs. Chianti Classico, what’s the difference?

Chianti wine versus Chianti Classico, that is the question that we so often hear. What’s the difference between the two? The answer is actually relatively short: from an enological standpoint, they are two different wine producing areas or zones in Tuscany. Chianti is a relatively large area, which is divided into sub-zones. Chianti Classico is […]
March 22, 2017

New label launch for Le Due Arbie

Just south of Dievole’s historic estate, there is a precious parcel of land known as Le Due Arbie. Named after the Arbia stream – mentioned by Dante Alighieri himself in his immortal oeuvre “The Divine Comedy” – and Arbiola waterways that chase after each other along the green, hilly meanders of our beloved Chianti territory. […]
March 15, 2017

Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico: what is it and what does it do?

Being a wine lover (how could you not be, if you’ve landed on our blog?), you have certainly heard of the Consorzio Chianti Classico but have you ever wondered what this denomination actually means for all the wine-cellars present within its jurisdiction? To be a part of the Chianti Classico family is synonymous of quality, […]
February 28, 2017

How to read a wine label in Italy

When faced with a myriad of wine choices in a store, what influences you to decide which one to bring home? How do you know what you’re buying if it’s an unfamiliar brand or type of wine? The label is of course the number one source of information in this case, but different countries have […]
January 13, 2017