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 cultivates 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.
Rosso di Montepulciano
80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo Nero, 5% Mammolo
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
85% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo Nero
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano "Riserva"
Chianti Colli Senesi "Tosca"
90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero
Vin Santo di Montepulciano
Trebbiano, Grechetto, Malvasia in equal parts
Via della Ciarliana
25/A 53040, Montepulciano (Siena)
Tel +39 0578 757930
Fax +39 0578 717037
- (DOCG) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
- Area under vine
- 30 hectares
- Age of vines
- 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.
- Mauro Monicchi
- Caporali Family
- 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