What to do in Montepulciano and its fantastic wine!
May Bacco light this post! Hahaha… Nobile (Noble in English) is considered one of the best wines in the world, but its hometown goes further: history, beauty and culture are part of this small Tuscan town. Have you ever tasted a Nobile? No? So it’s because you still don’t know Montepulciano. Come with us to get to know Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! Be sure to also visit the beautiful Montalcino! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Well, let’s start by telling you a little about the history of this beautiful place! The first records show that the city was inhabited in the Etruscan age, during the many centuries of wars between Siena and Florence that dominated Valdichiana and Val D’Orcia. The war between Florence and Siena followed until 1232, when Siena finally managed to conquer the territory. The basis of the local economy is, in addition to wine production, agricultural production. Tourism is another strong point in the region, as it is one of the most visited by tourists from all over the world. But anyway, are you going to visit Montepulciano? Read also The five must-see castles in Tuscany? and Wine Routes in Tuscany?
1) What to do in Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! VISIT PIAZZA GRANDE
The Historic Center of the city is a show apart! Small, the city has a main street that leads to Piazza Grande (Great Square). In the Piazza, the highlight is two attractions: the Duomo, dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption (built between 1592 and 1630) and the Medieval Well. There is also the Palazzo dei Capitano del Popolo (Palace of the Capitain of the People). Within the huge walls, there is the Church of Saint Agnes with its imposing original Gothic portal, the Fortaleza Del Sangallo (Sangallo Fortress) and the Gracciano Gate, restored in 1500. From there, you can reach the Gracciano Gate where, on the left, you can see Marzocco’s column, all made of marble. Also read Castles to stay in Italy?
2) What to do in Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! VISIT PIAZZA SAVONAROLA
Ahead, in Piazza Savonarola (Savoranola Square), there is the small Church dedicated to Saint Bernard. On the right side of the street is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in all of Italy, Palazzo Avignonesi del Vignola (Avignonesi del Vignola Palace), one of the largest wine-producing families in the city. The inscriptions that appear there are of Etruscan and Latin origins. Beautiful! Then continue to Palazzo Bucelli (Bucelli Palace), where you can see some funerary urns on its wall. How about a Tour to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano? Click here to learn more!
Another highlight of the city is the Church of Saint Augustine, the imposing façade is full of details. The Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower), which strikes the hour every hour, is nearby and is worth visiting. One of Montepulciano’s oldest, most traditional and sought after bars is Café Poliziano. It is always crowded, but it is worth the wait! Be sure to visit the Church of Saint Francis, another beautiful building, and the Palazzo Aragazzi (Aragazzi Palace). Also read Val d´Orcia wine tour and the main wineries of Montalcino and Montepulciano!
3) What to do in Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! VISIT THE TEMPIO DI SAN BIAGIO
Another place that deserves your time is the Tempio di San Biagio (Saint Blaise Temple) where, until 1518, there was what was left of a church. Little was left standing there, but on one wall it is possible to observe a fresco of Madonna with Child and St Francis, from the 13th century. They say that, in 1518, the image already performed some miracles, so it was decided to build the temple, in the shape of a Greek cross, in this place. How about a Tour to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano? Click here to learn more!
4) Get to know Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! VISIT CHIESA S. MARIA DEI SERVI
Finally, don’t miss the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi (Church of St Mary of Servi), which is the oldest church in the city, from the 13th century, and which has several works of art inside. The main highlight is a painting done in stone and titled Madonna della Santoreggia.
5) What to do in Montepulciano and its fantastic wine! GET TO KNOW NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
To speak of Montepulciano without mentioning the Nobile is heresy! The Nobile di Montepulciano is called D.O.C.G. (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) which means that the wine needs to follow a series of rules throughout the production process: from the harvest of the grapes to its bottling and even its commercialization. To inspect this process, there is a consortium that constantly audits all producers and ensures that all rules are strictly respected.
The main requirements are: the wine must be made from at least 70% sangiovese grape (prugnolo gentile) and 30% from other varieties, it is also allowed to use white grapes, but the percentage cannot exceed 5%. The Nobile can only be offered for sale after two years of maturation, for common wines, and 3 years for Riserva types. All grapes used in the process must be authorized by the consortium. How about a Tour to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano? Click here to learn more!
For wine to be named Nobile, this entire process must take place in the city of Montepulciano. Its best pairing happens with dishes based on roasted red meats, but it is also possible to pair it with strong-flavored cheeses such as Pecorino cheese, made with sheep’s milk, and Parmigiano Reggiano maturato, that is, aged. The ideal serving temperature is 18 to 20 degrees and its flavor is marked and dry.
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