Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is one of the classic Italian red wines. It comes from the vineyards that surround Montepulciano, a charming hill of 25 miles (40 km) south-east of Siena.
Additionally, Montepulciano is one of Tuscany's finest small towns, often starring in movies and adverts as a picture-perfect backdrop and even as a stand-in for Florence! You will recognize the place from many Hollywood movies such as 'Under the Tuscan Sun', 'New Moon', 'The English Patient', and the recent TV drama, 'Medici: Masters of Florence'.
Montepulciano is a gorgeous little Medieval town just south of Siena. The area is home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards. A variety of the Sangiovese grape, the Prugnolo Gentile, is grown here and is used to produce the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Montepulciano's Vino Nobile is ruby-red in color and takes on a garnet hue over time. It is characterized by fragrant flavors of strawberry and cherry, and a delicate leaf-tea tannic finish. According to its DOCG rules, to be labeled as 'Nobile', a wine must come from vineyards in the hills surrounding Montepulciano. The area consists of slopes ranging in an altitude between 250 and 600 meters.
The grape variety grown here is Sangiovese (locally known as Prugnolo Gentile). The Nobile di Montepulciano wine must have at least 80% of Sangiovese, which can be blanded with Canaiolo (10-20%) and other native varieties allowed in the province of Siena, including the rare and violet Mammolo.
The aging period for any Montepulciano Nobile wine is minimum 24 months (36 months for Reserve labels), of which at least 12 months must be spent in oak barrels. Oak barrels are used not so much for the flavor, but rather for the slow and controlled maturation they provide.
No Tuscan wine lover can miss this opportunity to learn more about one of Tuscany's great reds. In fact, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is often described as combining the scent of Chianti Classico and the richness of Brunello di Montalcino. Doesn't that sound worth tasting in person?
This join-in day tour from Florence or Siena takes you to two different wineries in the Montepulciano wine region for a guided tour of their vineyards, cellars, and production facilities. You will have the opportunity to enjoy Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG, and Vin Santo DOC wines.
Minimum 2 participants are required for our shared wine tours to run; however, space is limited to maximum 8 guests, so we suggest booking well in advance for your desired dates.