Recognized in 1966 as DOC, in 1980 the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano became the first Italian DOCG. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is produced with Sangiovese grapes, called here Prognolo Gentile, for at least 70%. It can be put on the market after two years of aging, three for the Reserve, and in any case after having undergone strict chemical and organoleptic tests carried out by a ministerial commission. Vinification and maturation must take place in the Municipality of Montepulciano. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG must have a ruby color tending to garnet with aging; an intense, ethereal, floral, characteristic scent and a dry, balanced and persistent taste, with a possible hint of wood.