Vigorous and highly susceptible to botrytis bunch rot due to its thin skins. Slow and late ripening. Resistant to drought and a relatively high yielder.
On the island of Corse in France, as Nielluccio, Sangiovese is the most highly regarded and widely planted red wine vine…But the kingdom of Sangiovese is Italy, where it is the most widely planted variety by some margin. The quality of Sangiovese wines is extremely variable, influenced particularly by the clones planted and vineyard location and yield. The variety adapts well to a wide variety of soils, although the presence of limestone seems to exalt the elegant and forceful aromas that are perhaps the most attractive quality of the grape, and vines planted too high may fail to ripen fully.
A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavors
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamouz
Published by the Penguin Group