You might not have heard of it, but it is the Chianti grape! Find out more about why it is important, here.
What is it famous for?
It is most famous for being the backbone of Chianti and Chianti Classico, in which it might be blended with some other local grapes, or used alone. At the higher end, it is used for Vino Nobile di Montelpuciano and, at the highest end, for Brunello di Montalcino. It might also be part of the blend of the Super Tuscans, which tend to be based on French grapes.
It is most famous for being the backbone of Chianti and Chianti Classico.
Where does it grow?
It is the dominant red grape of central Italy and the pride of Tuscany. In Corsica, it is known as Nielluccio.
Like Italy’s other prominent red grape variety, Nebbiolo, it is not found extensively beyond Italy, though there are plantings in the Americas, and in Australia.
It is the dominant grape of central Italy, and the pride of Tuscany
What does it taste like?
Tart cherry and smoky earth.
Tastes great with:
On a basic level, it's pizza’s best friend! Or – with tomato and herb-based pasta sauces; and vegetarian dishes based on olive oil and butter.
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