Montepulciano is in an enchanting class of its own: its soft, lush green hills and charming, picturesque architecture are absolutely breathtaking. Montepulciano located in the heart of Tuscany is home to another great version of Sangiovese, known as Prugnolo Gentile. In this case, the original name of the hillside town was Mons Policiano, and the first mention of a “vineyard in the castle of Policiano” is dated 789. The wine’s fame grew during the 1400s, earning the name “Vino Nobile,” meaning “noble wine,” because it was so often found on the tables of noblemen and certainly showed plenty of nobility of its own. The name stuck and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was designated a DOC in 1966 and a DOCG in 1980.