The medieval hill town of Montepulciano is a little east of Montalcino, dominating the gentle landscape of southern Tuscany from its 1,985 feet (605 meters) above sea level. It is a tiny architectural jewel, with a higher density of arts per acre than there are inhabitants, and a long-standing fame as the home of poets and wines… The former thrived in Renaissance times; the latter star Vino Nobile, which luckily for us all is alive and flourishing to this day.
The very “nobile” estate of Paola De Ferrari Corradi (founded in 1962; first vintage: 1964) is located on one of the area’s finest crus, Cervognano, well known for its hallmark combination of elegance and power.
In the course of over four decades of winemaking excellence, Paola (flanked by sons Luca and Niccolò) has chosen the hard way: absolute rigor and loyalty to quality & terroir. This resulted in an unbroken track record of vintage-to-vintage consistency. If anyone can pinpoint just one property that led the way to making Vino Nobile a modern classic, that property is, without a doubt, Boscarelli.
Today, the latter includes 44.5 acres (18 hectares) under vine on the Cervognano hillside. Further acreage is in the pipeline, for Paola purchased a second homestead in Cortona, several miles northeast of Montepulciano. The long-term plan is to bring this second property’s vineyard surface to 25 acres - over and above the original nucleus.
Tuscany continues to charm and enchant the world over while books and films are forever trying to capture the beauty and mystic of the region. With its rich history, art, music, food and wine, there is very little to disappoint. Chianti is easily the most well known of Italian wines while Brunello is considered one of the most prestigious. Yet, the wines of Tuscany have not always been recognized for quality and have just recently experienced a renaissance,