Vino Nobile is one of Italy’s great wines and Avignonesi its best exponent. Produced with the Sangiovese grape, locally called Prugnolo Gentile, it is grown in vineyards around the town of Montepulciano in southeast Toscana and a few kilometres from the town of Montalcino. It has a very long history when the wines of the town of Montepulciano were so highly regarded that they acquired the title “Vino Nobile” and the name has, not surprisingly, been retained. Avignonesi was founded in the late middle ages, but was bought in 2009 by Virginie Saverys a member one of the oldest shipping related families in Belgium and one of its senior directors. She has established a significant investment programme, including organic cultivation and buying additional vineyards.