Originally from the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon Blanc is known for its characteristic, aromatic profile. As the main ingredient in some of the world’s most popular fresh, young white wines, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the white varieties grown in the Cortona DOC region. Avignonesi grows its Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyards of La Lombarda. Sauvignon Blanc wines are generally refreshing and suggestive of grass, herbs, grapefruit, nettles, musk, green olives, limes, gooseberries and melons.
Today, Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most popular varieties, thanks to its attractive aroma profile. It is also one of the most difficult to grow for quality wines. The Ancient Romans knew Pinot Noir, one of the oldest grape varieties used for winemaking, as Helvenacia Minor. Pinot Noir can be soft and velvety on the palate, full-bodied and rich, yet not heavy. Burgundy is recognised as the area of reference for the best expressions of this variety. The extremely complex aroma can be intense, with notes of ripe grape or black cherry and hints of spiciness like cinnamon or mint.
Merlot is a grape that is found in some of the world’s most popular red wines, including some of the most renowned Bordeaux blends. It has a smooth, minty, lush fruit flavour, suggestive of currants, black cherries, plums, violets, rose, caramel, cloves, bay leaves and green peppercorns. We grow Merlot grapes in the Cortona area which brings forward a full-bodied, sensual character of this variety, that we use in 2 of our premium wines, Desiderio Cortona DOC and 50&50 Toscana IGT, as well as in the young Cantaloro Toscana IGT.
Trebbiano Toscano is an antique white variety of Etruscan origin. This grape produces a wine with a dry, crisp finish. It is one of the two grapes we use in our Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC, and it lends its characteristic crispness to our Vignola IGT.
Malvasia is characterized by its pinkish colour and its peach, apricot and white currant aromas. It is also a grape that produces some residual sugar. Young Malvasia wines have a rounded and soft feel in the mouth. Dried Malvasia grapes are often used in blends for sweet wines such as our Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC.
Sangiovese is known as “the king of Tuscany” and dominates central Italy’s winemaking. With its name meaning ‘blood of Jove,’ Sangiovese is grown principally in central Italy and is the dominant variety in Tuscany. It has several clonal variations such as Brunello, Sangiovese, Morellino and Nielluccio. Sangiovese is used as the main grape for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as in Brunello, Chianti and Chianti Classico. The Sangiovese grape was already a well-known variety as far back as the 16th century. Recent DNA research suggests that its ancestors were the ancient Tuscan Ciliegiolo and the almost extinct Calabrian Calabrese Montenuovo varieties. Making good Sangiovese wines requires the vines to be planted at the correct density to help control crop vigour, using clones and rootstocks selected specifically for the area, and training the plants properly. We monitor the fermentation temperatures carefully so as not to burn the grapes’ delicate bouquet. Sangiovese produces rich, fruity wines with a flavour profile that includes sour cherries and plums, violets, blueberries, strawberries, orange peel and thyme.
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