The word sangiovese is thought to be derived from the Latin sanguis Jovis—“the blood of Jupiter.” The name is said to have been given to the wine by monks residing near Monte Giove (Mount Jupiter), in Emilia-Romagna. Which of the following wine regions in Tuscany mandates the use of 100% sangiovese grapes?

A. Chianti Classico

B. Brunello di Montalcino

C. Carmignano

D. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano


Brunello di Montalcino is made 100% from the brunello clone of sangiovese (actually, a whole group of related clones). Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany’s most revered and longest-lived wine. Chianti Classico allows a maximum 20% inclusion of other grapes while vino nobile di Montepulciano allows up to 30% (maximum 20% canaiolo), and Carmignano 50%.

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