Giulio Caporali purchased Tenuta Valdipiatta in the late 1980’s. At the time, it was simply an old farmhouse and a few hectares of vineyards on the hills that slope down from Montepulciano towards the Val di Chiana. Today, the estate is a top producer of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti Colli Senesi and Vin Santo. Valdipiatta is managed day-to-day by Giulio’s daughter Miriam Caporali, a young entrepreneur. After a career in business consulting, she turned her studies to wine, learning the various aspects of operating a winery from her father and studying in Bordeaux.
Valdipiatta’s fruit is estate-grown, with 30 hectares sprawling throughout the DOC. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano production zone is the hilly part of the Commune of Montepulciano, situated at an elevation of 605 metres. The soil is generally of medium consistency, composed mainly of a loose blend of clay and sand, with lens-shaped pockets of pebbles and fossils. The area specifically suited for growing grapes is limited to a portion falling between 250 and 600 meters elevation. For the most part the vineyards have an eastern exposure.