Sangiovese grapes have improved dramatically since the 1980's and are now one of the most sought after varieties for wine production. The balance of acidity and tannins create wines with a depth of colour and character. If you like a medium bodied wine ranging from firm and elegant to assertive and robust, then these are the grapes for you!
The Montepulciano grape is highly prized among wine makers. Harvesting of the Montepulciano is a little later than many other varieties, arriving in the Uk on average around mid September. The wine made from these excellent grapes is medium to full bodied with moderate acidity and tannins. The'Monte' will make a wonderful wine in it's own right although it is often blended with Sangiovese. Montepulciano was overshadowed by the more popular Chianti wines until the 80's when Italy's little secret was discovered by the rest of the World. A great wine.
Although Merlot is generally recognised as a French grape-variety, it is also grown in Italy. It is classified in the Cabernet group and is a blending or varietal grape. Merlot grapes have less tannins than Cabernets and produce a richly coloured wine, with body and softness. Look out for hints of berry, plum and currants in this very popular wine.
Since the year 2000 Barbera has become the third most widely grown grape in Italy. It has gained popularity due to it's deep colour, low tannins and high levels of acid. The Wine Grape Club first imported the Barbera grapes in 2015 and feel confident that it will be a future winner with our members.
Ciliegiolo is one of our early varieties; the classic Italian 'cherry' grape has always been very popular for making a light traditional Chianti.
In their own right Ciliegiolo grapes will create a perfectly drinkable and respectable red wine. Especially if a light, drinkable, Summer style 'quaffing' wine is required.
Originally called Syrah from the Rhone Valley in France, Shiraz has achieved much fame and is the grape variety behind Hermitage and Cote Rotie in France and also Australias' most iconic wine, Penfolds Grange. It is often blended with Cabernet and produces full bodied, spicy wines.
Shiraz produces deeply colored wines with full body, firm tannin, and aromas/flavours that can suggest berries, smoked meat, black pepper, tar, or even burnt rubber (believe it or not).
Shiraz doesn’t require any other grape to complement its flavours, although it is often blended with Grenache (Garnacha) and other varieties.
The vine is fairly vigorous, with lots of girth, and it carries large, rather compact, pyramidal (sometimes “winged”) clusters of violet colored grapes which ripen mid-season. It is adaptable to a variety of soils and does not suffer unduly from the high temperatures of Apulia, although hot winds in summer may cause problems. Uva di Troia may be used by itself or can be blended with such grapes as Bombino nero, Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
This ubiquitous and reliable grape is very popular with our members. It's history goes back to a chance crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc in the 17th century. Since then these grapes have created a wine superb in it's own right or alternatively it can be blended with other wines, for instance Merlot.