Montepulciano & Valdichiana: extraordinary landscapes and many wineries to discover
The Municipality of Montepulciano is located in the province of Siena, in a particularly favourable location on the hilly ridge between Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia. The landscape, the rich history, the colorful traditions and of course the wine make this an area that should be on every wine lovers’ itinerary. In fact, this is the production area of the renowned Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The Municipality of Montepulciano is the largest municipality of the ten in the Valdichiana Senese. The Valdichiana is a fertile land populated by charming medieval villages, Etruscan tombs, thermal springs and famous wine-growing areas. One of these is Cortona, long considered the cultural and artistic center of Valdichiana with its Museum of the Etruscan Academy and has become a prestigious DOC since 2000. Another interesting wine-growing area is Chiusi, located a little further South.
The must visit wineries in the Montepulciano and Valdichiana area | The Gotto Wine Tour selection
Fattoria del Cerro, with its 94 hectares of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano vineyards recorded in the register, is the largest private estate producing Vino Nobile. The spaciousness and the different exposition of the vineyards allow selecting the best grapes to make high quality wines. Prugnolo Gentile, the grape behind Nobile di Montepulciano, is the clone of Sangiovese, typical of this area, and which, over the course of the centuries, has adapted itself to local growing conditions. Vino Nobile is produced in three different versions: the regular wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, the Riserva Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG, and the single vineyard selection Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Antica Chiusina” DOCG. Fattoria del Cerro produces also Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Manero Rosso di Toscana IGT, Manero Bianco di Toscana, Vinsanto di Montepulciano DOC.
The Baracchi Winery is located on the gentle hills of the Valdichiana valley, in the Cortona DOC production area. Wine has been produced here for over five generations since 1860. The owner, Riccardo Baracchi, together with his son Benedetto and oenologist Stefano Chioccioli, has been able to create a modern and dynamic farm. Riccardo’s idea is to produce wines that are an expression of the territory, but that are also able to reinterpret it. Always with a great focus on the quality of the products. The Baracchi estate includes 75 hectares of land, 30 of which are covered in vineyards. These are divided into small plots, all at about 300 mt of altitude, with a southern exposure that allows the complete maturation of the grapes. Within the estate, there are also a magnificent 5* Resort “Il Falconiere” belonging to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux association and a Michelin-starred restaurant “La Locanda del Mulino”.
Salcheto is an innovative organic and biodynamic winery, rooted in the Vino Nobile winemaking area, located in Montepulciano in the southeast of the province of Siena. The cellar takes its name from the stream that begins near Montepulciano and runs through a valley with an abundance of willow trees. This brook marks the boundaries of Salcheto. The estate covers 65 hectares, 50 of which are covered in vineyards, producing about 230,000 bottles every year. An independently powered winery, founded on energy saving and environmental efficiency, a range of wine affording outstanding territoriality, which benefit from technical expertise and are produced using grapes and nothing else. Agriculture that safeguards the biodiversity of its ecosystem in an efficient way. The winery, led by Michele Manelli since 1997, is part of the prestigious Tuscany Wine Architecture circuit.
Colle Santa Mustiola is a small winery located in Chiusi, in the heart of Valdichiana Senese. This farm was born at the beginning of the twentieth century when the grandfather of the current owner Fabio Cenni vinified on site and sold the wines in his warehouses in Milan. This winery is a true hymn to Sangiovese. In fact, only this vine is cultivated in the 5 hectares of vineyards with a genetic heritage of 28 different clones. Fabio’s love for Sangiovese is evident from the great attention in the vineyard, in which he has literally abolished herbicides, adopting exclusively natural fertilizers. The visit of the cellars is extremely suggestive and fascinating; the entrance is an authentic Etruscan Tomb that leads to a series of underground tunnels where barriques and barrels rest.
The story of Bindella – Tenuta Valloccaia started in 1983 when Rudi Bindella visited the Tuscan lands of Montepulciano for the first time and immediately fell in love with this small corner of paradise. At that time, the Vallocaia Estate was abandoned, the structures were crumbling and the vineyards uncultivated. But Rudi, a winemaker for almost half a century, originally from French-speaking Switzerland, was able to understand what was the hidden potential of those lands. Today, after more than three decades, those two small initial plots have gradually expanded over the years. Today the Bindella winery extends over 36 hectares of vineyards. The average annual production is about 160 thousand, and recently the production of extra virgin olive oil has also been added to the wine-making activity.
Poderi Boscarelli was founded in 1962 Egidio Corradi, a great wine lover and connoisseur of the territory. The winery is located in a historic area of the DOCG Vino Nobile: Cervognano, a hamlet of Montepulciano. In this territory, well-known for its particular microclimate suited to quality viticulture, the third generation of the Corradi family keeps alive the original spirit of the winery, made of dedication and love for the land. The family goal is to produce high-quality wines that give, in each bottle, the aromas and flavors typical of the family tradition. About 80% of the 14 hectares of vineyards are planted with the Sangiovese variety. Canaiolo, Colorino and Mammolo, the main autochthonous varieties, as well as Merlot and Cabernet, are also grown in small quantities.