Profile of Tenuta Valdipiatta

Just outside the beautiful hilltop Tuscan town of Montepulciano, whose ancient defense walls and majestic palaces overlook the Orcia and Chiana river valleys, spreads the 75 hectares of the lovely Tenuta Valdipiatta winery. An intimate estate boasting only 30 hectares of vines, this is a stellar Montepulciano winery and is one of the most prestigious in Tuscany, renowned for wines like the mighty Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Vigna d’Alfiero”, one of the most popular wines of the region.

When Giulio Caporali bought this small farm in the 1970s, it was known merely for its picturesque location among the hills of Montepulciano. Yet with time, patience and much hard work, Caporali coaxed expressive, elegant wines out of the loose sandy clay soil of Valdipiatta. Using both old vines he managed to recover from the estate and newly planted vines, Caporali made a name for Valdipiatta as one of the region’s preeminent wineries.

Tenuta Valdipiatta cultivate the classic Vino Nobile di Montepulciano varietal of Prugnolo Gentile (a clone of Sangiovese), along with Mammolo, Canaiolo Rosso and Cabernet Sauvignon for the reds. White varietals used include Grechetto, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Toscana.

Wines produced

  • Rosso di Montepulciano

    80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo Nero, 5% Mammolo

  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    85% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo Nero

  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano "Riserva"

    100% Sangiovese

  • Chianti Colli Senesi "Tosca"

    90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero

  • Vin Santo di Montepulciano

    Trebbiano, Grechetto, Malvasia in equal parts

Winery details

Tenuta Valdipiatta

Via della Ciarliana
25/A 53040, Montepulciano (Siena)
Italy
Tel +39 0578 757930
Fax +39 0578 717037

Appellation
(DOCG) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Founded
1973
Area under vine
30 hectares
Age of vines
1973
Oak barrel origin
The winery uses both big casks of Slovenian oak and barrique and tonneaux from a good range of French Tonnelleries, with different oak: Russian oak, American oak, and French oak.
Winemaker
Mauro Monicchi
Owner
Caporali Family
Production
For pre-2001 vintages, production is 75-80,000 bottles (about 6,500 cases) annually. For the 2001 and later vintages, total production is 90-95,000 bottles (about 7,700 cases).
Grape varietals
80% of the vineyards are planted with Sangiovese, which in Montepulciano takes the local name of "Prugnolo Gentile". Other varieties include Canaiolo Nero, Mammolo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Nero

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