Vino Nobile di Montepulciano organics

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s three most famous red wine-only denominations along with Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Vino Nobile can be bottled as a 100% Sangiovese wine (Sangiovese is called Prugnolo Gentile here). However it is often bottled as a blend of Sangiovese plus other Italian or French (read Bordeaux) grapes. The main reason for this is the growing season in Montepulciano (which borders Umbria in central Italy) is shorter than for Brunello because Montepulciano is further from the Mediterranean coast. This, and the influence of the nearby Lake Trasimeno, means average temperatures in Montepulciano are cooler than in Montalcino. Rounding out 100% Sangiovese wines with other grapes (Canaiolo, Colorino, Mammolo, Malvasia Nera, Merlot) makes sense. Vino Nobile’s certified organic estates are: 

  • Avignonesi (Virginie Saverys), organic (biodynamic practices)
  • Belvedere Colonna (Colonna family), organic
  • Croce di Febo (Silvia Vicentini, Maurizio Comitini), organic
  • Il Cavalierino, organic
  • Il Conventino (Brini family), organic
  • Massimo Romeo, organic
  • Podere della Bruciata (Rossi family), organic
  • Salcheto (Luca de Feo, Ron Prashker, & Michele Manelli, pictured bottom), organic
  • Valdipiatta (Miriam Caporali, pictured top), organic