Wine Varietal

Sangiovese
  • Pronounced
    (san-gee-oh-VAY-zee)
  • Appearance
    Red to deep red
  • Body Style
    Medium-bodied
  • Flavors
    Raspberries, black cherries, blackberries, plums, spice and mocha
  • Major Source
    California and Italy (Tuscany)
  • Food Matches
    Parmesan
    Romano
    Pasta - Red Sauce
Chianti is made primarily of the Sangiovese grape. (Chianti Classico must be made of 75 to 100 percent Sangiovese). The most famous grape of Italy is Sangiovese, responsible for three great wines of Tuscany: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, it is also a major grape in many of the prestigious wines known as the Super Tuscans. Sangiovese is also produced in California.