CAPOVERSO, Montepulciano

Adriana Avignonesi is a dynamic woman.  A gifted winemaker, she’s also a notable sculptor and graphic artist.  Her distinctive designs are found on the labels of many wines, including Donnafugata’s ‘Mille e una Notte’ and Rufino’s ‘Modus’.

The Avignonesi family traces their roots in Montepulciano to the early 16th century, their name recognizing the Avignon Papacy of the 14th century.  Capoverso means ‘upside-down’ or ‘topsy-turvy’ – a reference to the time leading to the new winery's first vintage in 2000.

Adriana's elegant Vino Nobile is from the oldest vines – about 35 years – multiple clones of Sangiovese which contribute great character and complexity, showing the feminine side of Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile being the local name). The terroir here produces small intensely aromatic fruit that, blended with Canaiolo for colour and structure, provide a very refined wine combining the great acidity and spiciness of Chianti Classico with more weight and balance.

Montepulciano is a beautiful, medieval hill town, like nearby Siena and Cortona.  The soil at Capoverso’s 2.7 ha (6.7 acre) Montepulciano vineyard is mostly ‘tufa’ (sedimentary limestone) with a good percentage of clay that slowly releases water during arid summer conditions allowing the grapes to achieve full ripeness.  Adriana also makes Syrah and a muscular Sangiovese from her 11 ha vineyard near Cortona, where the soil has higher clay content.  Both vineyards are naturally farmed, tended and harvested by hand.