Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2016

  Emidio Pepe

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Abruzzo

Abruzzo is an Italian wine region located in the mountainous central Italian region of Abruzzo along the Adriatic Sea. It is bordered by the Molise wine region to the south, Marche to the north and Lazio to the west. Abruzzo's rugged terrain, 65% of which is mountainous, help to isolate the region from the winemaking influence of the ancient Romans and Etruscans in Tuscany but the area has had a long history of wine production.

Today more than 22 million cases of wine are produced annually in Abruzzo, making it the seventh most productive region in Italy, but only 21.5% of which is made under the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) designation.

More than two-thirds of the region's wine is produced by co-operatives or sold in bulk to negociants in other Italian wine regions in Tuscany, Piedmont and the Veneto for blending.

The most notable wine of the region is Montepulciano d'Abruzzo produced with the Montepulciano grape. Together with Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is one of the most widely exported DOC wine from Italy, particularly to the United States.

While wine is produced in all four of Abruzzo's provinces, the bulk of the production takes place in the province of Chieti which is the fifth largest producing province in all of Italy. Some of the most highly rated wine from Abruzzo comes from the hillside vineyards in the northern provinces of Pescara and Teramo. In the completely mountainous province of L'Aquila in the west, some rosé wine known as Cerasuolo from the Montepulciano grape is produced.

Grape Type: Montepulciano

A red Italian wine grape variety that is most well-known for its use in the widespread Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines. The grape is commonly planted in central and southern Italy but is rarely found in the north due to its's tendency to ripen late - it can be rather "green" if harvested too early. Montepulciano can produce deeply coloured, highly fragrant wines, with moderate acidity, buoyant flavour profiles and bold alcohol levels.