Learn About San Quirico
When Andrea Vecchione, proprietor of San Quirico, planted his original 26.5 acres of vineyards more than 20 years ago, he was one of few in the area of San Gimignano who took a scientific approach to planting. The results have been so outstanding that his vineyards are now a prime source for select grafting. His vineyards, with their southern and western exposure, have now doubled in size, but in his approach to winemaking, Andrea still has one yardstick: quality. His winery is small but efficient and equipped to produce state-of-the-art wines.
Learn About Tuscany
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Learn About Sangiovese
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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