Rosso di Montepulciano DOC | Sangiovese-based red wine from the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany, junior sibling to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (which see for the list of wineries), coming from exactly the same production zone. The Rosso di Montepulciano DOC was granted in 1988, and was last modified in November 2010.
Grape varieties | Rosso di Montepulciano is made from 85-100% Sangiovese and and optional 0-15% not aromatic red wine grapes authorised for Tuscany.
Production zone | The same as for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Production rules | 70-100% Sangiovese (‘Prugnolo Gentile’), 0-30% non-aromatic red grapes authorised in Tuscany. Maximum yields are 10 tonmes per hectare (compared to 8 for Vino Nobile). Wines can be released from 01 March following the harvest (identical to Rosso di Montalcino DOC). No oak ageing needed. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano may be declassified to Rosso di Montepulciano within 16 months from 01st January following its harvest if it fulfills the conditions laid down in the Rosso di Montepulciano regulations.
Wine production | 2018 2.8 thousand tonnes of grapes from 390ha of vines. 2.5 million bottles sold (Source: Consorzio). Rosso is around one third the size (vineyards, wine production) of Vino Nobile.