The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO is reserved exclusively for Red wine.
The production area of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO is within several areas of the Municipality of Montepulciano in the Province of Siena, in the Tuscany region.
Red (incl. Riserva): min. 70% Sangiovese (locally known as Montepulciano Prugnolo Gentile), pure or with the addition of non-aromatic grape berries (with the exclusion of Malvasia Bianca Lunga) similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max. 30%, on the condition that the white grape varieties do not exceed 5% of the total.
Description of product typologies
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO has a ruby-red colour, tending towards garnet with aging; the nose offers fragrances of dried flowers, raspberry, oriental spices and vanilla; it is warm and smooth on the palate, at times with woody hints, fleshy, yet supported by a good level of freshness and significant tannins. It can display Riserva on the label if the wine has been aged for a minimum period of three years, of which at least 6 months must be maturing in bottles, commencing January 1st of the year following that in which the grapes were produced.Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO wine must be aged for a minimum period of 2 years, commencing January 1st of the year following that in which the grapes were produced. During the aging period, the following choices are left to the discretion of the producers: either 24 months aging in wood; a minimum of 18 months aging in wood and the remaining 6 months in other types of recipients; or a minimum of 12 months in wood, plus a minimum of 6 months in bottles, plus a further 6 months in other types of recipients. If one of the latter 2 options is chosen, the aging period must commence before April 30th of the year following that of the grape harvest.Before being made available for consumption, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO must have been aged for the mandatory period of 2 years, commencing January 1st of the year following that in which the grapes were produced.
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym.