Il Civettaio – Sangiovese – 2017


The Story:  What can we say about this wine that hasn’t already been said?

When we first met Gregorio, I asked him where in France he was from… and he is still talking to me to this day!  After the filming for the TV show finished, I went to see Gregorio and he presented me with his wines. We were drinking the 2013 vintage of the Sangiovese at the time, and I was knocked off my feet by the quality and flavours of his wines – the Sangiovese the most.  The 2013 vintage had this insane kind of aniseed taste at the end, it was light, yet stacked with flavour and acidity.


I took a bottle home and sat watching Skull Island on my laptop, eating pizza and pouring the wine into my glass.  I was so engrossed in the movie that I picked up the bottle to pour (yet) another glass and realised the wine was finished.  Now, I love a drink but I can’t tell you the last time that happened to me. I was genuinely shocked the wine was all gone. It was just so unbelievably drinkable. And that’s one of Gregorio’s main ‘philosophies’ for his wines; drinkability.


Skip a couple of vintages and we are back here with an absolute smasher again with this, the 2016. Not only did it scoop the ‘Back to Nature’ award at the Peoples Choice Wine awards in 2020, it is also listed at a local fine dining restaurant.


The only thing that is marmite about this wine, is the label.

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Grape Varietals: 100% Sangiovese

Tasting Notes:  This wine spends 2 years in 38HL oak barrels so give it a little time to open up …and once it does, it will blow your socks off.  A true expression of the Sangiovese grape, tobacco and leather are there as you would expect with hints of aniseed and liquorice on the finish. This vintage comes in a little hotter as 2017 was the hottest year on record in Southern Tuscany 

Pair it with: Ribeye steak and chips

Region: Paganico, Tuscany

Did you know?: Gregorio the producer studied economics at university and worked as an auditor.  Then on his 40th birthday he packed it in, packed up and moved to Il Civettaio to manage a farm and make wine.  What a legend.