Tenuta Valdipiatta is an estate vineyard and winery in south-eastern Tuscany, in the heart of Italy’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano region. Montepulciano has over 2,500 years of wine-growing history. Its red wines are made from Italy’s signature red wine grape, the Sangiovese, or ‘Prugnolo’ as locals call it here. Valdipiatta has always been family owned. It was founded in the 1960's by the original owner and subsequently acquired at the end of the 1980's by Giulio Caporali, who fulfilled his dream of living in one of Tuscany's most beautifully preserved, rural environments while making his own wine. In 2002 Giulio handed the running of Valdipiatta over to his daughter Miriam. Miriam was well prepared, having studied business in Rome and winemaking in Bordeaux. "What I learnt there was that smooth-tasting wines with unique and interesting flavours could only be made with environmentally respectful grape-growing and sensitive winemaking", Miriam says.
Father and daughter, Giulio and Miriam Caporali, are the perfect wine-growing team. Giulio is a great student of the history of Vino Nobile and the town of Montepulciano, having translated a 700 year-old text of medieval law regulating the production and trade of local wine. He has also written about Porsenna, the legendary founder of the town and the last king of Rome and the Etruscans, the ancient people who gave their name to Tuscany and were the first to produce Vino Nobile wines in Montepulciano. Miriam Caporali is a winemaker constantly walking her vineyards, observing the differences between grapes grown on light sandy soils or on denser clay, then picking and fermenting them accordingly.