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MONTEPULCIANO

Situated on top of a steep hill, overlooking the Orcia valley on one side and the Chiana valley on the other, the southern Tuscan town of Montepulciano has always been of historical importance, even though it has just over 10,000 inhabitants.

The history of Montepulciano is inextricably linked to the excellence of its wine.

The earliest documented reference to Montepulciano wine actually dates back to 789 AD, when the cleric Arnipert offered the church a plot of land with vineyards on the estate of Policiano castle.

In the 16th century, the city of Montepulciano earned recognition when it became a bishopric. Throughout the 19th century, it became increasingly important as an agricultural centre. In fact, nowadays, in addition to wine, the area is also known for its pecorino cheese and Chianina beef, as well as tobacco used for producing the prestigious Toscano cigars.

By the early 20th century, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano had almost been forgotten. However, in 1933, at the first exhibition of local wines in Siena, an estate presented a noble red wine that won great acclaim. Other producers followed suit and by the 1960s, there was a concerted move towards winegrowing principally for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

MONTEPULCIANO

Since the mid 1970s, Avignonesi has played a leading role in what can genuinely be called a ‘quality revolution’ in Vino Nobile, conducting extensive research and experimentation in growing Sangiovese. It has been able to pinpoint the characteristics and specific qualities which distinguish Montepulciano wines from the other well-known Tuscan Sangiovese wines, such as Brunello di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico, thereby situating Montepulciano on the map for wine lovers worldwide.

On July 1st 1980, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano became the first Italian red wine to sport the D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) neck strip. This recognition ranks it alongside the most prestigious wines in Italy and the rest of the world.

Vineyards

We have a total of eight vineyards within the Montepulciano region in five different locations to ensure a diversified range of soils that can produce a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that truly expresses the complexity of the Montepulciano terroir.

El Grasso

Lodola

This estate highlights our terroir: gentle hillsides, open vistas all the way to the hill town of Montepulciano, Sangiovese vineyards that seem to be etched into the earth. This estate is also home to our main vinification and ageing cellar.

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Le Capezzine

Le Capezzine

This estate is divided into four main vineyards, including the iconic ‘Vigna Tonda’ (round vineyard).
Le Capezzine is home to the "appassitoio" and "vinsantaia" where our Vin Santo and Occhio di Pernice are produced.

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I Poggetti

I Poggetti

This hillside vineyard, where we have our oldest vines and where Sangiovese has always been grown for the Avignonesi Vino Nobile, is divided into five separate parcels.

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Le Badelle

Le Badelle

Divided into eight parcels, this large vineyard property is located in the historical heart of the Montepulciano production area.

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Banditella

Banditella

This recently acquired vineyard is located near I Poggetti and produces classic Sangiovese for our Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano.

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El Grasso

El Grasso

A single parcel vineyard acquired in 2011 together with the vineyard Banditella.

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Greppo

Greppo

A long cypress-lined driveway leads to these 25 hectares of vineyards in the Abbadia area of Montepulciano: the landscape opens up, revealing gentle hills. The soil is mainly composed of clay which is typical for this area.

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El Grasso

Matracchio

This estate is made up of 20 planted hectares and is located not far from Le Capezzine in Montepulciano. The vineyards of Matracchio are delimited by small woods.

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23 Mar 2013

The Story Behind the Label: Grifi

A griffon (in Italian, grifo, with the plural being grifi, pronounced gree-fee) is the emblem of Montepulciano and a legendary creature with the body, tail, and hind legs of a lion, and the head, talons and wings of an eagle. By drawing on the lion as king of the beasts and the eagle as king.. Read more
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