Ciliegiolo

Ciliegiolo

As the name suggests, Ciliegiolo is a cherry-scented grape (ciliegia being the Italian word for cherry), which is grown predominantly in central and southern Italy. Ciliegiolo shares a close relationship with Sangiovese, with one being the progeny of the other, though which one is parent and which offspring is a matter of some debate. Indeed, it is a matter of considerable controversy, with the competing theories supported in fairly robust ways.

For those less concerned with ampelographic details, Ciliegiolo bears similarities to Sangiovese, though its profile is typically somewhat fruitier and less severely structured. It is most often used in blends, although IGT/IGP varietal wines can be found.

Although Puglia has similar plantings to Tuscany, it is in the latter region that Ciliegiolo is best known, both as a...READ MORE

Ciliegiolo

As the name suggests, Ciliegiolo is a cherry-scented grape (ciliegia being the Italian word for cherry), which is grown predominantly in central and southern Italy. Ciliegiolo shares a close relationship with Sangiovese, with one being the progeny of the other, though which one is parent and which offspring is a matter of some debate. Indeed, it is a matter of considerable controversy, with the competing theories supported in fairly robust ways.

For those less concerned with ampelographic details, Ciliegiolo bears similarities to Sangiovese, though its profile is typically somewhat fruitier and less severely structured. It is most often used in blends, although IGT/IGP varietal wines can be found.

Although Puglia has similar plantings to Tuscany, it is in the latter region that Ciliegiolo is best known, both as a traditional adjunct to Chianti, and in greater concentrations in the now-burgeoning Maremma, on the Tuscan coast. Ligurian winemakers also, and increasingly so, put Ciliegiolo to good use, in both red and rosato styles.

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