Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
Located at the heart of the Vino Nobile zone, Tenuta Valdipiatta is run by Miriam Caporali, who brought in top Bordeaux oenologist Eric Boissenot in 2010. Eric also consults for Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Palmer.
Miriam’s father, Giulio Caporali, bought Valdipiatta at the end of the 1980s, and handed the running of it over to Miriam in 2002. The property comprises 30 hectares, of which 22 hectares are under vine and planted primarily with Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile in Montepulciano).
Their Vino Nobile is elegant and supple with refreshing acidity and great structure. Their single vineyard “Vigna d’Alfiero” comes from one of the oldest vineyards of the estate, where the old vines were planted by the first farmer working on the estate, Alfiero Carpini. The soil here is clay with some volcanic deposit giving a silky and elegant wine.