Sangiovese wine

Sangiovese grapes in the vineyard of Ridolfi in Brunello di Montalcono DOCG

Sangiovese is the most planted grape variety in Italy and the main player in some of the country's best red wines. Known as the workhorse of central Italy, it can be found everywhere – from the humblest table wines to the very best DOCG treasures.

You've probably tasted Sangiovese without realising it. It forms 75-100% of the blend in Chianti and Chianti Classico, while Brunello di Montalcino is pure Sangiovese. It also leads the blend in Tuscany's Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and features in Montepulciano d'Abruzzo too. It's often added into Super Tuscan wines along with international varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

What does it taste like? Sangiovese can be fruit-forward or earthy, depending on where it's grown. In Italy's best DOCG wines, such as Brunello or Chianti Classico, it will have a powerful and complex taste of red cherry with hints of liquorice, violet flowers, vanilla, chocolate and dried cranberry. Sangiovese is high in acid – bringing a refreshing twist to any blend.

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Castello di Radda Granbruno 2018 | Super Tuscan

£14.78

Villa Pinciana Terraria 2013 | Maremma Toscana DOC

£29.62

Castello di Radda 2017 | Chianti Classico DOCG | Decanter Gold, Two Glasses

£17.40

Castello di Radda Riserva 2014 | Chianti Classico DOCG | Decanter Silver

£26.34

Gagliole Gallule 2016 Organic Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva | Decanter Silver Medal

£51.37

Gagliole organic Super Tuscan 2016 | Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT

£37.06

Gagliole Pecchia 2015 | Sangiovese | Super Tuscan

£95.50

Gagliole Valetta 2017 Organic | Super Tuscan

£28.48

La Castellina – Squarcialupi Gran Selezione 2015 | Chianti Classico DOCG | 92/100

£32.06 £29.95

La Castellina – Squarcialupi Riserva 2015 | Chianti Classico DOCG | 93/100

£24.05 £20.92

La Castellina – Tommaso Bojola 2015 | Chianti Classico DOCG | 91/100

£21.19 £18.95

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal

£41.85

Ridolfi Fiero 2017 | Super Tuscan IGT | Decanter Silver Medal

£19.90

Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018 | Decanter Bronze Medal

£19.90

Siddùra Tiros 2015 | Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon | Limited Edition

£38.42

Vigna il Corno, Gran Selezione 2014 | Chianti Classico DOCG | Decanter Gold

£47.93