The first Nobile di Montepulciano â€œVigna Asinone Riservaâ€ was released in 1983. The grapes of Asinone vineyard had first been bottled as a Vino Nobile in 1982. The vintages of â€™83-â€™85-â€™88-â€™90 were bottled under this name. They were comprised of Prugnolo Gentile with small additions of Canaiolo Nero, Colorino and Mammolo and were matured in big wood; â€œnon-regulationâ€, at least according to the regulations of the time, which still allowed for the use of white grapes.
The vintages 1993 and 1995 bear the name Nobile di Montepulciano â€œVigna Asinoneâ€ (Asinone Vineyard), but above all they signal the definitive change to a wine that is matured in barriques and tonneaux. In 1996 the wine took its current name of Nobile di Montepulciano â€œAsinoneâ€. In general the production has fluctuated between a minimum of 20,000 and a maximum of 40,000 bottles, with the exception of the â€™83 and â€™85 vintages, which were of a modest quantity.