So what’s in a name? The name, Vino Nobile, refers to a “noble” wine of great quality and dates back to the mid-18th century. Vino Nobile was considered the prize wine of many aristocratic families in the Montepulciano area, so hence its name. In 1828, Giuseppe Contucci, one of the fore fathers of the promotion of Vino Nobile, sparked international interest in the Italian and foreign wine markets.
The Contucci Palace is located in the Piazza Grande and is a stellar example of Renaissance period architecture. The Contucci Palace wine cellars are the only wine cellars in the historic centro of Montepulciano that houses a full working wine production facility. Visitors can tour the cellars and then visit the fantastic wine shop, Contucci Cantina, located on the first floor of the magnificent Contucci Palace. The wine tasting list is extensive, and the wines are superb! One of my favorite wines is the 2008 Mulinvecchio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. [Read more…]