Nestled within the serene heart of Tuscany, the Sovana Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) is an embodiment of Italy’s rich viticultural history and the enduring bond between land and vine. The region’s environment is as much a testament to its wines as the grapes themselves, reflecting a perfect fusion of the temperate climate, gentle slopes, and the mineral-rich soils that grace this part of Italy.
Though Sovana is renowned for its diverse range of grape varieties, a few have come to define its vinicultural essence. Sangiovese, often regarded as Tuscany’s signature red grape, thrives here, producing wines with a harmonious blend of acidity and tannin, carrying notes of red cherry and earthy undertones. Ciliegiolo, a lesser-known but equally enchanting variety, offers hints of fresh berries and florals, while the Merlot brings its luscious, velvety character to the region’s blends. Interestingly, Sovana doesn’t just pride itself on its red varieties. Aleatico, a white grape, stands out with its aromatic profile, often leading to fragrant and delicate wines.
Not to be overshadowed, the international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon have found a second home in Sovana, adding structure and depth to the wines while still paying homage to the unique terroir.
In essence, Sovana DOC is a poignant reminder of nature's generosity, where diverse grape varieties flourish and produce wines that resonate with the soul of Tuscany.
The Sovana DOC, that is part of the Tuscany wine region, covers the hills and foothills in the municipalities of Pitigliano, Sorano and Manciano, located in the southeastern part of the province of Grosseto.
This region has a Mediterranean climate, with mild temperatures and irregular rainfall. Rainfall is concentrated especially in the autumn and winter, while summers are rather dry.
The soils of the region, on the other hand, are located on effusive and volcaniclastic rock formations. To the west of the Fiora River, on the other hand, loamy formations predominate, while in the center of the region, there is a greater predominance of sand, fluvial debris and boulders.
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Aleatico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Sangiovese
The Sovana DOC, a realm of captivating wines, unveils a quartet of expressions that embody the essence of Tuscany's winemaking heritage.
Rosso, a vibrant tapestry of flavors, melds a minimum of 50% Sangiovese with other authorized red grape varieties. This harmonious blend dances on the palate, offering red fruit notes entwined with a touch of earthiness, delivering a wine that epitomizes the region's charm.
Rosso Superiore, an elevated rendition, mirrors its counterpart with a Sangiovese-led ensemble and an interplay of authorized red grapes. Extended aging elevates its depth and structure, creating a wine that exemplifies both tradition and innovation.
Rosato, a celebration of Sangiovese's versatility, captures the essence of summer with its minimum 50% Sangiovese composition and other authorized red grape varieties. Resting for approximately 2-3 months, this rosé radiates with refreshing red fruit nuances, inviting leisurely enjoyment.
Passito, a treasured gem, showcases a minimum of 85% Aleatico grapes, augmented by other authorized red varieties. Crafted with meticulous care, this wine achieves a captivating sweetness through the drying of grapes, resulting in a symphony of rich flavors and opulent aromas.
Aging reveals the Sovana DOC's commitment to excellence. Rosso and Rosso Superiore mature for a minimum of 4 months, while Rosso Riserva unfolds its complexities over 18 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle. These wines, each with its unique personality and character, pay homage to the land and the artistry of the winemakers, inviting enthusiasts to indulge in the timeless allure of Sovana's vinous creations.