The roots of viticulture and enology are an integral part of the territory, culture, history, economy and local traditions of Montepulciano.
Historically, the wine produced in this area has a noble and aristocratic connotation, with productions destined not for self-consumption but trade, as evidenced by many sales deeds recorded from 789 onwards. With a document dated 1350, the first clauses for the trade and export of Montepulciano wine were established.
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG was the first wine ever in Italy to have affixed the replacement mark of the state band to the bottle closure systems as an anti-sophistication system that certifies the authenticity of the product to guarantee its origin.
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) on July 12, 1966, then DOCG on July 1, 1980.
As for its production: the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG must undergo an ageing period of at least two years, at least one in wooden containers. In comparison, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG must be subjected to an ageing period of at least three years, of which min. 1 year in wooden containers and 6 months in the bottle.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.