Giulio Caporali, Valdipiatta’s owner and founder, purchased the estate in the late 1980s to pursue his dream of creating a great wine. What began as an old farmhouse and a few hectares of vineyards on the hills which slope from Montepulciano down towards the Valdichiana became a solid vine growing and wine business. With a strong, innovative approach and profound respect for the land, Giulio has been able to elevate Valdipiatta to one of the top producers in the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. “It is my ShangriLa”, is how Giulio describes Valdipiatta. In 2002, he turned over management of the estate and winery to his daughter Miriam, who happens to possess the same enthusiasm as her father. Giulio continues to run the agricultural side of the business, whereas Miriam has chosen to concentrate on the activities of the cellar and on the marketing of the winery and wines.