Montepulciano Wine Region Guide

Timeless Elegance, Undiscovered Excellence - Where Heritage Meets Innovation in Every Glass


Last updated: April 3, 2024


Utterly charming and totally unspoiled, Montepulciano is a welcome antidote to the endless tourist crowds. Yet this tumbling hillside village is not just a destination for R&R: Montepulciano has produced exceptional red wines for centuries. The local drop is known as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – popes, poets, proprietors, and politicians first made the region’s wines famous. Still, its popularity has endured thanks to its rich fruit, spicy flavors, and balanced acidity. It has Tuscany stamped all over it; few regions do food-friendly, digestible reds quite like the Italians.

However, Montepulciano has never enjoyed the global renown of its neighbor Montalcino or, indeed, Chianti Classico. Occasionally, the style is derided as “a decent value alternative to Chianti,” which is untrue. Despite the importance of Sangiovese, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is not an understudy to the more famous Tuscan icons. It boasts a unique identity and heritage, with healthy innovation in these rolling hills. A poor relation it is not.


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