Wine in Tuscany has undergone a quality revolution in recent years. The Sangiovese grape remains at the centre of it all. It is the grape that is most often associated with Tuscany, the favoured son of Mother Nature. It is an indigenous grape that has been at the heart of all great Tuscan red wines: Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The roots of Sangiovese delve deep into the soil known as galestro, which is a rock that is easily worn and dominates the Apennine soils. Vines produce great wine when they suffer. Sangiovese is an elegant grape that can tell the story of its land and the men and women who populate it. Often the people are difficult, rough and hard to please, but when they are loved and managed, they are full of compassion.