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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Villa Pinciana Terraria 2013 | Maremma Toscana DOC

£29.53

Castello di Radda Granbruno 2018 | Super Tuscan

£14.78

Gagliole organic Super Tuscan 2017 | Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT

£37.98

Gagliole Valetta 2017 Organic | Super Tuscan

£29.09

Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018 | Decanter Bronze Medal

£20.20

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal

£41.85

Ridolfi Fiero 2017 | Toscana IGT

£20.20

Castello di Radda 2017 | Chianti Classico DOCG

£19.40

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

£52.80

Gagliole Pecchia 2015 | Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT

£98.48

Siddùra Tìros 2015 | Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon | Limited Edition

£39.39

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

£21.19

Castello di Radda | Vigna il Corno | Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 2015

£45.15

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

£29.34