Five grapes are allowed in these wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Wines from this part of Italy’s Tuscany region are all based on the Sangiovese grape – it must make up at least 75% of the blend. The wine can also be up to 10% Canaiolo, a native red grape, and up to 20% of other approved varietals.
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
This is the ancestral home of the Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend. Wines from the southern appellations (including Côtes du Rhone, Châteaunuf du Pape and Gigondas) are almost always blends of these three grapes. Two other varietals, Carignan and Cinsault, also are allowed in the wines.