Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a Tuscan red wine among the oldest in Italy, produced in the town of Montepulciano in the province of Siena, territory of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG).
The town of Montepulciano is located in the south-east of Tuscany, characterized by extraordinary landscapes and remarkable artistic heritage thanks to the architecture of the historic centre which has remained the same from 1580 to the present day.
Thanks to this territory and the skilled experience, this precious knowledge was passed on over the centuries within Tuscan farmers, breeding a fine wine such as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The oldest document referring to the wine of Montepulciano dates back to 789 but Montepulciano and its wine has even more ancient origins dating back to Etruscan times. Chalices and goblets were found in Etruscan tombs picturing the God of Wine "Etruscan", letting us understand how the art of vine cultivation was already flourishing at that time.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can be obtained only from grapes grown in the production area provided by the specification, using the following grape varieties:
Sangiovese, Montepulciano called Blackthorn kind: minimum 70%
Canaiolo black: up to a maximum of 20%
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano must under go a maturation period of at least two years, starting from 1 January following the harvest. This maturation can take place, according to the manufacturer:
for 24 months in wood
for 18 months minimum in wood with the remaining months in another container
for 12 months minimum in wood plus 6 months in the bottle with the remaining months in another container
In the last two cases the beginning of the period of wood maturity cannot be extended beyond April 30 of the year following the harvest.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano cannot be released for consumption before the age of two years of obligatory aging, calculated from January 1 of the year following the year the grapes were grown. Source Wikipedia (https://it.wikipedia.org)