Bottle $40 ... Glass $12
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one Italy's classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles (40km) southeast of Siena, south-eastern Tuscany. Viticulture here dates back many centuries to Etruscan times. During the 15th century, the local wine was a favorite among the local Sienese aristocracy, and in the 16th century it was revered by Pope Paul III, who spoke of the wine's excellent qualities. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was written about in the poem 'Bacco in Toscana' (Bacchus in Tuscany) by Francesco Redi, who described it as 'the king of all wines', and the wine was also mentioned by renowned French writer Voltaire in his book Candide.