In the heart of Tuscany, lies the medieval hamlet of Montepulciano, center of the native Prugnolo Gentile grape, known elsewhere as Sangiovese.
Podere il Macchione is one of the typical example of family pride.
Wines available (wine notes from Antonio Mauriello)
- Rosso Toscana IGT – Wines with the Indicazione Geografica Tipica label designation are usually a blend of local grapes with international grapes. In this case, Simone and Leonardo want to merge some Merlot to the Sangiovese. Results? A very balanced and harmonious wine, which pairs with a slow-cooked rabbit stew or fettuccine with wild boar ragu.
- Rosso di Montepulciano DOC – The name Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for Sangiovese grapes) comes from ‘prugna’ (=plum). Plums, jammy raspberry and spicy notes are all contributing to an ample bouquet. A glass at every meal won’t harm at all! Perhaps with mushroom risotto? (don’t forget to sprinkle grated local Pecorino di Pienza on top of the risotto!)
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG – Yes, we say NOBILE! The elegance of these wines is outstanding. They will impress you young or old, with food or without, in Tuscany or in Canada! 100% Sangiovese. Game meats, aged cheeses.
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG – The ultimate of the experience. Cellar it for a few years, however they are also ready to drink as the term ‘riserva’ points to the rule that winemakers have to keep it at their cellar for some more time before releasing to the public. This is my ‘meditation’ wine, at the end of the meal, in the summer on the boat looking at the stars, or in the winter by listening to the crackling sound of the fireplace.
NEW! The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009, from Podere il Macchione, has been nominated one of the “finest bottles of Tuscany” along with 23 other Regional wines. The award is presented by SlowWine Guide 2014, published by the prestigious SlowFood international organization. See their page in the Guide 2014
The two brothers running Podere il Macchione, Simone and Leonardo
Antonio and Leonardo ‘talking vino’!
One of the fermentation vats, during the ‘action’ (October 10)
A great item for your cellar! The best Vino Nobile can age for years and years.
Photographs are courtesy of
who joined one of our wine tours of Italy