COOPERATIVA VECCHIA CANTINA DI MONTEPULCIANO
VINEYARDS CRADLED IN HISTORY AND SUSTAINABLY CULTIVATED WITH RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Wine growing and producing area of Vecchia Cantina
The Soc. Coop Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano Soc. Agr. has about 400 associate wineries, with a total of about 1,000 hectares of vineyards, which encompass two regions and three provinces; in Tuscany the provinces of Siena and Arezzo, and in Umbria the province of Perugia.
The area is characterised by a geological substrate principally composed of Pliocene and Ancient Pleistocene Marine sediments. In the highest parts of the territory of Montepulciano, the soil is rich with sand. Whereas at lower levels the soil is medium mix, clay-mud, with clay-sand at the lowest levels. Altitude of the vineyards is between 250 and 550 m.a.s.l. Primarily the vineyards lie on gentle slopes above the Valdichiana or on slightly steeper terrain, but also in small measure on more level terrain.
The climate is typically Mediterranean with sparse precipitation during summer months.
Vines are cultivated in the espalier manner, with Spurred Cord, Guyot, Double Guyot and G.D.C.training. Growing techniques adopted by the producers may be the same or they may differ, even substantially, from vineyard to vineyard, and from producer to producer or area to area. But they all have as their objective the realisation of a plant-productiion equilibrium for each vine with the objective of harmonising and elevating the quality of the grapes.
The main varietal is Sangiovese, which is known in Montepulciano as “Prugnolo Gentile.” There are also various other regional varietals as well as other red grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. White wines and Vin Santo are produced from Chardonnay, Grechetto, Trebbiano, and White Malvasia grapes.