Ripe Sangiovese grapes, Umbria, Italy by Philip Mitchell

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One of the oldest Italian varieties still widely grown today for red wines such as Chianti, these Sangiovese grapes have finished ripening under the Autumn sunshine in their Umbrian vineyard, and now await the itinerant grape-pickers. The name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, the blood of Jove, Jove being another name for Jupiter, the chief god in the Roman pantheon.

I walked past this vineyard, at an Agriturismo called Casale del Grillo, every day for some eight months. When the grape-pickers arrived, they ate lunch with the other residents in the restaurant which was lined with bottles containing the previous year’s vintage, and it made for a very jolly occasion: a thoroughly Italian experience for an Englishman!


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I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    nice, succulent, ripe looking. Well done.

  • A few days later I joined the grape-pickers for the mid-day meal, which we enjoyed with plenty of the previous year’s vintage.

    – Philip Mitchell

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 5 years ago


  • So was the vintage from the previous year’s crop from this same vineyard! Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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