Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s three most famous red wine-only denominations along with Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. The region borders Umbria in central Italy. Vino Nobile can be bottled as a 100% Sangiovese (called ‘Prugnolo Gentile’ here). However it is often a blend of mainly Sangiovese plus other Italian or French (read Bordeaux) grapes. The main reason for this is Montepulciano’s growing season is shorter than Montalcino’s as Montepulciano is further inland and thus further from warming Mediterranean influences. Another is the cooling influence of nearby Lake Trasimeno. Overall temperatures in Montepulciano are lower than in Montalcino. Rounding out Montepulciano’s 100% Sangiovese wines with other grapes (eg. Canaiolo, members of the Colorino family, Mammolo, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, Merlot and Cabernet) makes sense here. Vino Nobile is a dynamic region right now. Growers have shown far greater curiosity about understanding their soils and sub-zones than their peers in Montalcino have. This makes them better informed as winegrowers, potentially augmenting wine quality and overall consistency. The best wines here give you plenty for your buck. Vino Nobile’s certified organic estates are:

  • Avignonesi (Virginie Saverys), organic (full 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 who is pictured above), organic
  • Valdipiatta (Miriam Caporali), organic