It is one of the oldest grape, as it is reflected in its etymology: for ‘Jupiter’s love’. According to some experts, the grape was already known to the Etrurians. It is undoubtedly the most common red grape in Italy, especially in Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia Romagna. There are several types of Sangiovese that are divided into two main categories: “Sangiovese Grosso” ( Big Sangiovese), the finest one, from which it is cultivated a limited quantity, mostly from the Montalcino area where it is called “ Brunello” and in the Montepulciano area where it is called “Prugnolo Gentile”.“Sangiovese Piccolo” (Small Sangiovese), the most common one, that has different names according to the area, and among them Morellino, along Scansano. However, there are so many different clones that makes very easy to distinguish a Sangiovese from Emilia Romagna from one in Umbria or Tuscany. Outside Italy, the Sangiovese is grown in California with very good results. This wine is well known also in Argentina, especially in the Mendoza province, but the wine that is produced, is substantially different.
Syrah or Shiraz is a red grape with controversial origins. According to some, it may come from Iran while according from others it comes from Siracusa, in Sicily, where it then disappeared to be afterwards introduced by France in Italy. The Wine obtained by Syrah grape has ruby color, with purple highlights and with an intense and fruity scent with hints of back fruits and spices, among them, black pepper.At the taste presents a very good body and robustness. Good acidity with very soft tannins. Nowadays this grape is cultivated almost globally, even if its best expression comes from the Rhone valley in France expecially with “ Appellations Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage e Saint Joseph “. In Italy the grape is cultivated in Tuscany, Lazio, Puglia and Sicily.
The simple name reflects its elegance and high quality. The grape from the Bordeaux area is notorious all over the world. This grape is capable of producing high quality wines. It is just the softness of his grapes that keep it very interesting its use in the vinification process keeping the wine more intense in the colour with very elegant and persistent tannins. Merlot from this stand point is unique and incomparable. It can be used for many purposes, from very young wines to very complex and full-bodied. Furthermore Merlot wines evolve very effectively in barrique creating an harmonic and unique duo. This is also due because the barrique is a typical Bordeaux wine container able to express the best from this grapes. However the Merlot is also able to express its best also in stainless tank where its softness is valued in a consistent way.
This grape comes from Spain but it is also cultivated in some regions of the Southern Italy and in the Maremma. The name comes from the city of Alicante and is still currently one of the most well known wines of Spain and one of the most cultivated grapes. Despite the black color of the grape which produces a red and very alcoholic wine, there are also rosè versions and versions with less alcohol. The Alicante grape is also known Cannonau, Tocai Rosso, Alicante Femminello, Granaccio, Guarnaccia, Uva Maremmana, Tinta, Tintilla.The grape produces wines of ruby colour with purple highlights with colours that round to orange with the fining. The shents are fruity and very fragant when young. With maturity keeps loudness with red wood fruits aromas with a spicy and flowers ending.
Its origins are controversial: according to some it comes from the north east of Spain in Aragona but it seems that this variety is not cultivated anymore in what it was supposed to be its original land. It seems that it has been spread from Spain to France and then in Liguria, in Italy. In Gallura (Sardinia) it then takes the name of Vermentino. Recently, enologists worked together to create new types of vermentino, more fruity and easy to drink. A way to strengthen these characteristics is to anticipate the harvest, in order to increase its acidity. Generally the wines coming from Vermentino grapes are dry white, delicate light yellow with mineral and green field flowers scents together with notes of yellow peach.
The Viognier is a white grape originating from Rhone Valley (France) and then spread out in other areas in the South of France. The grapes through their strong yellow colours create wines with yellow peach and apricot scents and a very good alcohol content . The Vermentino wine keeps the consumer with flower broom and acacia scents as well yellow peach fruity. At the taste is very fragrant with important body, lightly aromatic with a delicate salty and mineral ending. Its flavour and freshness makes it a perfect match with first meal made with our of vegetables, or sautèes, shell fish, fish crudités, lobster or boiled octopus with and extra-virgin olive oil dressing.