This article, written by Fred Tasker, appears on Providence Journal.
Italy’s ‘defining grape’ known by many names
The sangiovese grape, made into Chianti, is sensitive to how it’s treated.
Americans love to visit Italy, especially Tuscany, and one of the reasons is the grape called sangiovese. Best known when made into the red wine called Chianti, it is called “the defining grape of Italy.” It has been both the region’s boon and its bane.
Infinitely malleable, it is so familiar to centuries of Italian growers that they have given it a dozen local names, from sangiovese grosso to prugnolo to brunello, to the confusion of its fans.
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