Ciliegiolo{chee-lee’eh-JOH-loh} is a red wine grape grown in Tuscany thought to be a parent of Sangiovese.  The name comes from the Italian word for cherry because the fruit has a distinctly bright red flavor. It is said that Ciliegiolo’s origins comes from Spain, and in 1870 was imported to Italy. Ciligiolo vineyards can be found almost exclusively in Italy, in the Regions of Umbria and Tuscany, although they use the same Ciliegiolo grape they both deliver different wines.  Ciliegiolo vineyards covers over 5000 hectares, this figure has been in decline through the years.

 In this video Francesco di Fillpis, a winemaker and biodynamic farmer, explains more about the Ciliegiolo grape.




Stomping grapes with bare feet is still practiced here.While the rolling hills of Tuscany are beautiful, they’re a hard terrain to work on. Maneuvering with 25-pound 12-kilo crates in the vineyard is more science than art. 


Napolini’s “Rosso di Monti” blends Ciliegiolo with Montepulciano di Abruzzo, Sangiovese and a touch of Sagrantino for a terrific, easy, Wednesday night sort of a wine.


Color of grape red with purple.
Species Vitis Vinifera
Synonyms  Brunellone, Criminese
Origin  Spain
Most common in  Italy
Phonetic pronunciation  chee-lee’eh-JOH-loh

 Want to know more about Ciliegiolo? Here are some useful links!

Here is a blog post claiming that Ciliegiolo is the parent of Sangiovese.

Here is a Useful link for Ciliegiolo History and Regions.