Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, premium red wine
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a prized red wine synonymous with central-Italian winemaking tradition. Not to be confused with its Tuscan namesake, this unpretentious red wine is produced with the native Montepulciano variety of vine common throughout Abruzzo (where it originates), the Marche region, Umbria and in areas in the centre of the south Apennines, including parts of Lazio, Molise and Puglia.
A red grape with an abundant yield, for a long time this popular (especially with local people) wine was used for blending. Indeed, several DOCG red wines from the Marches – Offida, Piceno Superiore, Conero – owe their renowned quality to the presence of the Montepulciano variety.
These days, thanks to the initiative of some Abruzzo winemakers, it has succeeded in achieving its full potential in all its purity. If the DOC designation has existed since the end of the sixties, labels such as Masciarelli or Guglielmo Pepe, by meeting the more traditional tastes and establishing itself even in the difficult biodynamic sector, have meant that this Abruzzo drink has been able to reach the highest levels of prestige.