Do not be fooled by appearances…These two “Montepulciano” cause some confusion amongst wine lovers due to their similar names!
In fact, these two wines are completely different from one another and the only thing they have in common is that they are both produced in important Italian regions.
When you hear about “Vino Nobile of Montepulciano”, you always think of Tuscany! It is produced in the municipality of Montepulciano, in the Siena province. This small area in South East Tuscany is characterized by a great artistic heritage, a beautiful landscape, and local people have adopted specific tecniques for the production of this special wine, which they are very protective of. This has contributed to the production of this fine wine that is renown not only in Italy but also around the world.
“Vino Nobile of Montepulciano” is DOCG wine made from Sangiovese and it is called “prugnolo gentile” and “canaiolo nero”. It is characterized by a light ruby color, an intense arome similar to that of ripe cherry and plum, and its fresh taste can be attributed to tannin. It goes perfectly well with dishes such as baked pasta and seasoned cheese. In Montepulciano the “Enoteca del Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano” is the place where you can taste, compare and talk about the wines that you will be tasting during special tours in wine cellars.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is a red wine produced using Montepulciano grapes originating from Peligna Valley. No doubt this is the most valuable and popular wine from the Abruzzo region, and it is ranked amongst the top three DOC Italian wines. It is produced exclusively from vineyards in hilly or plateu areas including Chieti, L’Aquila, Pescara and Teramo. It is in these regions that you can find the most interesting varieties of this wine and not surprisingly it is here that we can find the DOCG version of “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Termane”.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo stands out for its intense ruby color, spice aromas, and its full-bodied and dry flavor. This wine can be accompanied by great local dishes such as stews, roasts, poultry, and seasoned cheeses. If one day you will find yourselves visiting the areas of Vasto and the Trabocchi Coast, do not miss a tour around the cellars, where you can taste this fine wine. With regards to this, we recommend the “Azienda Sergio Del Casale” (winery) and the “Azienda Agricola Fontefico” (farm).
Borgo Grondaie in Siena, located a few kilometers away from Montepulciano, is the right place where not only you can taste the “Vino Nobile of Montepulciano” but also get advice about other special high quality Italian wines, which you can find in Siena’s wineries and its surroundings.
Edited by Borgo Grondaie