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The Sangiovese grape originated in southern Italy.

Answer: True.

Amazingly enough, and despite its strong association with Tuscany, Sangiovese originated in southern Italy. Its parents are the Calabrian (southern Italian) grape variety Calabrese di Montenuovo and Ciliegiolo a variety cultivated all over Italy (the name Ciliegiolo means “small cherry”). For its part, the word Sangiovese is thought to derive from the Latin sanguis Jovis—”the blood of Jupiter.”

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