According to Vini di Romagna, one derivation of the word Sangiovese could be "sangue dei gioghi," or "yokes blood." This suggests that the grape might have an origin of production in the foothills between Romagna and Tuscany, where fossils of pre-Greek Sangiovese seeds and leaves have been found.
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