Sangiovese: Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino


Sangiovese is a renowned Italian grape variety, the beating heart of two of the country’s most renowned and beloved wine designations: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

This fascinating grape variety, known for its versatility and ability to express various facets, is the protagonist of a story of wines that enchant palates around the world. In this article, we will explore two aspects of Sangiovese, highlighting the unique characteristics that make it special in both Chianti and Montalcino wines.

We will discover the different flavor profiles, the terroir, and the tradition that make these wines so distinct and irresistible for wine lovers.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the magical duality of Sangiovese? Keep reading to uncover the secrets behind these two Italian wine treasures and the best experiences to be had at the wineries on!

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Sangiovese: the magic of Chianti

Chianti, one of Italy’s most celebrated wines, finds its ultimate expression in the lands surrounding Florence. This territory, known as “Chianti Classico,” is an area of extraordinary scenic beauty, characterized by rolling hills, centuries-old olive groves, and, of course, Sangiovese vineyards, the predominant grape variety in Chianti.

These lands are crisscrossed by scenic roads and picturesque pathways that lead to small medieval villages, where wineries stand as authentic oenological gems. Here, wine producers passionately tend to their vines and produce wines that reflect the unique character of the region, with Chianti Classico DOCG offering a perfect balance between fruity and spicy notes, making each sip an unforgettable experience.

Visiting the wineries of Chianti Classico near Florence is a journey into the heart of Tuscan winemaking art, where landscape and wine merge in extraordinary harmony.

Brunello di Montalcino: the taste of tuscan excellence


Brunello di Montalcino is a true icon of Italian red wines and represents an oenological excellence in the region near Florence. However, it should be emphasized that Brunello di Montalcino originates from the hills that stretch to the southwest of Florence, in the splendid region of Montalcino in the province of Siena, rather than in the immediate vicinity of Florence itself.

This wine is primarily produced from Sangiovese Grosso grapes (locally known as “Brunello”) and is characterized by its complex structure, full body, and intense aromas. Montalcino is a small medieval village situated on a panoramic hill, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, offering enchanting landscapes.

The wineries of Montalcino welcome visitors for unforgettable tastings, allowing them to explore the unique territory where this extraordinary wine is born and savor its oenological magic.

Discover on various wineries to visit in the Chianti Classico and Montalcino regions!

Tenuta Casenuove

Tenuta Casenuove

Tenuta Casenuove, located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Classico, represents an Italian excellence. This estate is situated at an altitude ranging from 350 to 480 meters and covers a total of 105 hectares, of which 65 are covered by forests, 2.5 are dedicated to olive groves, and 28 are designated for vine cultivation, with 30 of them in full production.

Historically, Tuscan properties, including Casenuove, had a polycultural vocation, encompassing olive groves, cereal crops, orchards, and vegetable gardens, in addition to grape production. Through careful renewal and replanting efforts, the goal of Tenuta Casenuove is to preserve and enhance the potential of its territory while keeping alive the agricultural tradition of the region.

In this fantastic setting, you have the opportunity to book various tours that include visits to the garden, the winemaking cellar, and the barrel room, concluding with tastings of various labels from their production. All of this will be accompanied by local snacks and a tasting of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Conti Capponi – Villa Calcinaia

Villa Calcinaia

The contract signed on May 23, 1524, between Sebastiano del Caccia and Niccola di Andrea Capponi, which begins with the formula “In Nomine Domini, Amen,” marks the beginning of a long history tied to Villa Calcinaia.

In this contract, Sebastiano del Caccia sold to the Capponi family four estates along with a noble residence located in the locality known as La Calcinaia. Villa Calcinaia has always represented the heart of the Capponi family, where from generation to generation, its members have preserved and improved fields, forests, vineyards, and cellars, symbolizing the rebirth that spring brings to the land.

Wine is an emblematic example of this continuous renewal. Each harvest unites the family in sharing hopes, concerns, pride, and dedication that are part of this activity.

Villa Calcinaia‘s Chianti Classico embodies the authentic traditions and pride of belonging to the Capponi family. With approximately 30 hectares of specialized vineyards, the Capponi Counts have been producing internationally renowned wines since the early 20th century.

At Villa Calcinaia, you can experience a range of activities, from the simplest, starting with a visit to the villa and concluding with a tour of the cellar and the 1524 vinsantaia, where you can taste four wines, to the more elaborate, which includes an in-depth estate tour and a complete lunch served in the ancient kitchen of the farmhouse.

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Castello della Paneretta

Castello della Paneretta

Castello della Paneretta is located in the Chianti Classico region, on the western slopes of the hills overlooking the Val d’Elsa with a view towards San Gimignano.

It was built around an ancient watchtower after the Ghibellines, in the aftermath of the Battle of Montaperti in 1260, ordered the abandonment of the Cepparello Castle, a prominent village and fortress in the area. This is how the tower expanded and gained its own significance.

With its 309 hectares (most of which are woodland), La Paneretta is one of the largest farms in the area. It annually produces 900 hectoliters of Chianti Classico and IGT wines from 22 hectares of vineyards.

During the guided tour, you will discover many secrets related to the technical aspects of the estate, visit gardens, and the historic cellar. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the marvelous frescoes by the Florentine painter Bernardino Poccetti, the castle courtyard, and conclude the experience with a wine tasting accompanied by a light lunch or a platter of Tuscan cold cuts, cheeses, and their own production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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San Polo


San Polo, located in Montalcino, is a winery that is part of Allegrini Estates. Founded in the 1990s and acquired by the Allegrini family in 2007, it is dedicated to enhancing the resources of the estate, including vineyards situated at an altitude of 450 meters on the southeast side of the Montalcino hill.

The winery is an example of bio-architecture with the goal of reducing environmental impact. San Polo is known for its high-quality Sangiovese and stands out for its commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Marilisa Allegrini acquired full ownership of the company in 2015, and the technical management is entrusted to Riccardo Fratton, demonstrating strong support for the younger generation in the business field.

In this fantastic winery, a variety of experiences are offered to suit all tastes: from a simple tour that includes a walk in the vineyards followed by a guided tasting of different iconic wines from the estate to an exclusive experience where you can directly engage with the winemaker, Riccardo, who will provide information about the terroir and philosophy while allowing you to taste directly from the barrel various vintages of their finest labels.

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La Sala del Torriano

La Sala

La Sala is a winery located in the Chianti Classico region, with a history dating back to 1260 when it was part of the Giandonati family’s possessions. From 1981 to 2014, the estate was owned by Laura Baronti, who, with the help of winemaker Gabriella Tani, contributed to making it one of the excellences of Chianti Classico.

In 2014, Francesco Rossi Ferrini acquired La Sala, completing an agricultural project that began in 1941 with Il Torriano, which is now also an agriturismo. The estate covers over 70 hectares, mainly in the Chianti Classico area, with 32 hectares of vineyards and 40 hectares dedicated to olive groves and woodlands. The vineyards are located at an altitude ranging from 150 to 350 meters above sea level.

The estate comprises two distinct properties, Il Torriano in Montefiridolfi and La Sala in Sorripa, both in the municipality of San Casciano Val di Pesa. After the acquisition, Francesco made improvements in the cellar and vineyards, converting the estate to organic farming.

The main goal is sustainability and the production of high-quality wines while respecting the land and biodiversity. Thanks to careful site selection, low yields, and separate vinification of each parcel, it has been possible to develop a deep understanding of the vineyards and produce high-quality wines even in challenging vintages.

Here, you can book a guided tour that will open the doors to the fantastic world of Chianti Classico. You will go through all the stages that lead to the production of this magnificent wine, from the vineyard to aging in accordance with tradition.

You will conclude the experience with a guided tasting of different Chianti Classico wines paired with some local products and their Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Casato Prime Donne

Casato Prime Donne

Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino is a 40-hectare estate with 17 hectares of Sangiovese vineyards and a modern winery for the production of Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines. What makes it unique is that all key figures in wine production, including the winemaker, are women.

The winery is decorated with frescoes that narrate the history of Montalcino, and the guides share secrets and legends related to Brunello. Around the winery and in the vineyards, there is a trekking trail with contemporary artworks and quotes from the winners of the Casato Prime Donne Award.

The interior cellar has been restored to house cement tanks for the vinification of Brunello. Here, you can witness a multimedia projection that immerses visitors in the identity of the estate.

At Casato Prime Donne, you have the opportunity to book various experiences dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino that begin in the organic Sangiovese vineyards of various ages, continue in the winemaking facilities, and conclude with tastings of different vintages and labels of Brunello.

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Capanna Montalcino

Capanna Montalcino

Capanna Montalcino is an agricultural estate located in the northern part of the Montosoli territory  founded by the Cencioni brothers and has been one of the pioneering entities in the modern world of Brunello. The management of the company has remained in the hands of the family and has been enriched by the expertise of winemaker Paolo Vagaggini.

In the 1960s, Capanna Montalcino embarked on its production adventure, achieving the prestigious recognition of Brunello di Montalcino DOC in 1966. This success was further underscored by the establishment of the Brunello di Montalcino Wine Consortium, the work of one of the Cencioni brothers, Giuseppe, who further strengthened the company’s ties to this highly prestigious wine.

The experiences offered by Capanna Montalcino are an authentic journey through history that will allow you to visit and discover the secrets of one of the oldest entities in the region.

You will tour the cellar, stroll among the Sangiovese vines, and taste different denominations of origin that are located in the Montalcino territory.

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