The history of Montepulciano has always been entwined with the fame of its vineyards and wines. Archaeological finds give evidence that wine has been produced and drunk since Etruscan times; in particular the discovery of a tall stemmed, low bowled wine cup or kylix decorated with red figures representing Baccus the Etruscan god of wine. <br>
At 350 metres above sea level “La Ciarliana” wine estate nestles in the heart of the ancient poliziano hills. It lies in the Ciarliana and Ascianello production area, amongst vineyards which still yield the excellent wines celebrated near and far, for centuries. The viticultural farm belongs to Luigi Frangiosa who has expressed and demonstrated his passion for wine production since 1995. This passion started with his grandfather 50 years earlier and was inherited by Luigi through his father Santo Pellegrino. The vineyards of the family run estate dedicated to the production of Vino Nobile of Montepulciano have increased from 2 to 10 hectares together with 2 dedicated to Rosso di Montepulciano and 6 to Chianti, a total of 18. The vineyards, with a density of 5000 vines per hectare, have been planted following a careful geological and clonal study. <br>
The wine cellar
The estate’s name “La Ciarliana” is given by the small and suggestive chapel nearby and the logo of the vineyard is inspired by the original belltower. The terrain, the loving care given to the vines and the careful selection of the bunches of grapes all combine to give “La Ciarliana” wines remarkable structure and body. The recently contructed winecellar has two floors. An underground cellar for vinification, wine maturing and ageing in bottles and the ground floor dedicated to hosting those who wish to taste and acquire the wines produced by “La Ciarliana”. The winery is in fact always open to the public and by appointment can receive groups of up to 40 people. So the history of Montepulciano’s wines proves long and continuing. In the mid 16th century Sante Lancerio, private cellar master of Pope Paolo III (Farnese), praised the wines of these hills as follows, “perfect either in winter or summer, with a full aroma and neither aggressive nor too deeply coloured they are truly wines for gentlemen”. Today, also due to government and EEC contribution, history continues to be made with the introduction in 1966 and 1990 of the DOC and the DOCG seals of quality.