An important winery in Montepulciano is Gattavecchi. Gattavecchi is a historical name in Montepulciano. It is one of the most important and famous wineries of Montepulciano.
The family has dedicated itself to the production of wine for more than 100 years. During World War II tragic bombing devastated the winemaking business of grandfather Vincenzo.
After the war Valente rebuilt the wine business together with his mother Sidonia. Luca, Gionata and Daniela are the fourth generation Gattevecchi. Today they all contribute to the production and selling of the wines.
Gattavecchi has a unique wine production style. They produce high quality wines such as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti and Toscana IGT.
The vineyards of Gattavecchi in Argiano and Poggio alla Sala are in one of the best zones in Montepulciano for growing the Sangiovese grapes.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made by a fine selection of Sangiovese grapes, also known as Prugnolo Gentile. The wine ages in oak casks for eighteen months and six months in small French oak barrels. The wine is bottled and refined for six months.
The color of the wine is ruby red with hints of orange. It is a full bodied wine. The aroma is fine, intense with plums, cherry and floral scents of violet.
Rosso di Montepulciano
Also well-known is the Rosso di Montepulciano. This wine is a younger and more fruitier wine.
The Rosso di Montepulciano follows the same rules as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano but requires only six months in oak and one year total aging before release.
In 1980 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was the first Italian wine with a DOCG classification. Rosso di Montepulciano DOC classification was created in 1989.
The harvest period is in September-October. The grapes are hand-picked and selected to guarantee the highest quality.
In 1958 the Gattavecchi family bought the wine cellar Simonelli Baroncelli in Montepulciano. In ancient times this cellar belonged to the 12th century monastery convent of the Padri Serviti.
The wine cellar is built in lime stone. In this cellar the Vino Nobile wine ages in barrels of Slovenian oak for a minimum of eighteen months.
In addition there is a restaurant where you can eat food made of local products such as pecorino cheese, pasta and other specialties.
Cantina Gattavecchi is a wonderful winery to taste one of the best traditional Noble wines.
We are in the south of Tuscany, Montepulciano. This medieval hill town is located about 600 meters above sea level between the vallies Val d’Orcia and Valdichiana.
Montepulciano’s economy is mainly based on wine and tourism.
The main square of Montepulciano is the Piazza Grande. Here you see the majestic Palazzo Comunale, the cathedral and Palazzo Contucci.
From the historical walls you have a wonderful views over the Tuscany landscape.
The famous San Biagio church is located on the slopes of the hill, just outside the historic center. San Biagio is a 16th century Renaissance church. A beautiful place, definitely worth a visit.
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