A typically Italian wine grape used to produce the famous Chianti. In Argentina, Sangiovese has been cultivated for decades, but it is another example of wine varieties whose potential for making top wines has only been discovered a few years ago. When young, it offers violet and raspberry aromas; but when it is barrel aged it gains in complex nuances such as raisins, which reminds of the peninsular Chianti.
Information provided by agronomists Alberto Alcalde and José Rodríguez, and Wines of Argentina. Photos from ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.