Profile of Tenuta Valdipiatta Winery

Tenuta Valdipiatta Winery, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Tuscany

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
85% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo Nero 100% Sangiovese
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

D.O.C.G:Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Owner:Caporali Family
Winemaker:Mauro Monicchi
Area under Vine:30 hectares
Oak: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.
Age of Vines: Vines were planted either in the 1970s or the 1990s
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
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).

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