2016: An Excellent Year for Montepulciano

After an exceptional 2015 vintage, it has been revealed that the 2016 Vino Nobile from Montepulciano is an “excellent” year.

2016 also marked the 50th anniversary celebration of the DOC denomination, for which the Consortium of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano inaugurated one of its most ambitious projects: the restoration of a Fortress, in which the associated producers have invested considerable resources alongside the Municipal administration and other private and institutional partners.

The project, which began in 2007, was completed in October with the inauguration of the Vino Nobile Consortium headquarters and its fascinating “Enoliteca”, one of the few examples of its kind in Italy today, where it is possible to find all the labels pertaining to the denomination and a selection of typical local products, offering tourists and foodies the chance to familiarise themselves with the excellent food and wine specialities of the region all in one venue, starting from Vino Nobile itself.

Montepulciano’s history has always been closely linked to its famous vines and wine, as demonstrated by the centuries-old cellars in the town’s old centre (the only ones of their kind). Further confirmation of this historical link is provided by documents from 790 AD which register the donation of a vineyard to the church, and Repetti’s mention of a document in 1350 (in his “Historical and Geographical dictionary of Tuscany”) which drew up the terms for trade and exportation of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was founded in 1965 with the aim of protecting and promoting the image of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (and later, Rosso di Montepulciano and Vin Santo) in Italy and the rest of the world. There are currently around 270 members of the consortium representing almost the totality of the vineyards. The Consorzio also carries out the role of managing the appellation, of monitoring the wines on the market, of legal guardianship of the brand in Italy and around the world, of promoting and improving the whole appellation.

Hall 1, Stand AB72