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This is a view over the hills full of vineyards from the top of the rock of Montepulciano, a wonderful small city in the south-eastern Tuscany.
Montepulciano is well know in Italy for the beauty of the hills all around the city, for the wonderful churches, Cathedral and palaces in the medieval city, for the poet Angelo Poliziano, but specially for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a red wine produced just in this area.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine with Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita status produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano, Italy. The wine is made primarily from the Sangiovese grape varietal (known locally as Prugnolo gentile) (minimum 70%), blended with Canaiolo Nero (10%ľ20%) and small amounts of other local varieties such as Mammolo. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 2 years; three years if it is a riserva.

Another famous wine produced in this little area is the Rosso di Montepulciano.

All along the years some dozens of "cantine" are opened in the city centre, where people can taste and buy the wines, and visit the wonderful vineries built 6 or 7 centuries ago under and inside the rock of Montepulciano, normally with the entry door in fantastic Renaissance palaces.

We visited some of this one, and of cours the most famous one Cantina del Redi, built around the 1350.

Model: NIKON D40
Software: Ver.1.10
Exposure Time: 10/5000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 55 mm
Date Taken: 2007-11-03 16:34
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 197 kb

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