Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: the most important grape variety in central Italy

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, together with Trebbiano, is one of the main wines of the region. From a wine not so much suitable to ageing, it has become a wine that keeps it quite well and in 2003 it obtained the Controlled and Granted Denomination of Origin. It is made only of Montepulciano grapes, and it is not to be confused with Montepulciano of Toscana. This vine variety is present, a part from in Abruzzo, also in Marche and other regions of the center and south part of the peninsula. From this vine variety can also be produced white and rosé wines.

Treatment: the ageing is of two or three years (for the “riserva” variation) in oak or chestnut barrels and refined in bottle for six months.

Description: the colour is ruby red and to the smell it reminds red fruits like marasca cherries, blackberries and currants, and balsamic herbs and country. Taste is full-bodied and warm, balanced and structured, with licorice marks and a little bit bitter.

Complement: it is ideal to match red meats (grilled, braised, boiled, roasted) and white meats (turkey, chicken), aged cheeses.

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