The Fortress of Montepulciano
Today I want to introduce you to another little jewel of our town, the Fortress of Montepulciano. A military fortress built in 1261 during the age of the Republic of Siena, it was repeatedly destroyed and reconstructed due to the contest between Siena and Florence for control of Montepulciano. The last reconstruction is attributed to the architect Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio, so the fortress is called “Medicea”.
In succeeding centuries further renovations were done, one of the most important of which dates to 1885 and was designed by the architect Augusto Corci. The most recent restoration of the fortress was completed at the beginning of this year. Until the 1990’s the fortress was used as a school, but today it has been transformed into a venue for temporary exhibitions and events, as well as being home to an important American university for its study abroad programmes. Kennesaw State University of Georgia (USA) uses the facility for its academic courses.
Since April 2018, this fortress is also home to the Consorzio Del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and its Enoliteca. During restoration works important archaeological finds came to light that have been restored and highlighted by a glass floor. The Enoliteca (wine bar) has a terrace with panoramic views over the Temple of San Biagio, Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia. It’s also the ideal place to taste over 100 labels of the Vino Nobile producers associated with the consortium, as well as a selection of local products. This is another great spot to sit and have a glass of DOCG wine.