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The Sangiovese grape has ancient and uncertain origins and come in two distinct types: the Sangiovese Grosso, big in Italian, cultivated in Tuscany and the Sangiovese piccolo, small, which is widely planted both in Tuscany and in the rest of the centre of Italy.
The Prugnolo Gentile and Sangiovese di Lamole grapes also belong to the same family of the Sangiovese Grosso
The Sangiovese Grosso is used for traditionally powerful and slow maturing red wines, the most important of all is the Brunello di Montalcino and is considered to be superior to the other Sangiovese grapes.
The Sangiovese grosso is slow and late to ripen and produces rich, alcoholic and long-lived wines.