Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known world-wide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, one of Italy’s best. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a DOCG-rated wine, has been consumed since the Middle Ages.
You could spend a whole afternoon here wandering the small town’s medieval streets and taking advantage of the free wine, meat and cheese samples offered in the stores, but don’t miss the town’s smattering of lovely palaces and churches, either. Then again, if you do spend your whole time in a wine shop, you’re in good company: After Henry James left Montepulciano, he said he struggled to recall the details of the town… because he’d spent all his time drinking!