SANGIOVESE: THE CHALLENGE
As members of the Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico, we have taken part in long and important research on Sangiovese. We have successfully found and innovated clones of Sangiovese which could better lend themselves to focused vinification. People working with Chianti had long recognized that a shorter vegetative cycle, a thicker skin and a sparser bunch would have facilitated the production of healthier grapes and of a wine with a livelier aspect. The research project, known as “Progetto Chianti Classico”, lasted for years, and the constant improvement of the product certifies its success.
Sangiovese, “blood of Jove” in Latin, is a friend, a companion, a mate and a relative of all Tuscan winemakers. It has always existed, nobody knows when it started growing.
“Sangiovese is joyful, it is wise, it darkens in the sun, but plumps out with rain,
tt loves the heat, but coolness revives it.
It fills the cellar with its bouquet. While fermenting, it donates its sugars
to an alcohol full of flavor.
In winter time, it hides within the grapevine, but when spring comes
it will reappear triumphantly
with a pure white blossoming, evocative and joyous. Above all, it is
a presence and a continuous incentive
that is pungent, gentle and stable for all of us who share with Sangiovese
the wonderful succession of
seasons, of life of the plants, and of the fruit they offer us. We must
respect and take care of
our friend, companion, mate, and relative; we shall be generously
rewarded with happiness.”