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Italian wine and grape guide : Montepulciano


Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety widely grown in central Italy, mainly in Abruzzo and Marche and named after the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, despite not being used for the famous wines produced there, the Nobile di Montepulciano .

At the beginning of the ‘900, Montepulciano was Italy's second most planted red wine variety, just behind Sangiovese due to the style of the wines it produces, very approachable, and because the variety gives reliably high yields.

The Montepulciano is renowned and appreciated for their flavors, deep color and gentle tannins and it is used in varying proportions to produce about 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG denominations and on its own.

The most famous Montepulciano wines come from Abruzzo where it is grown everywhere, from the internal hills to the coast under the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC denomination. There is only one DOCG wine produced with Montepulciano grapes and this is the Colline Teramane. All Montepulciano wines represent excellent value for money. Montepulciano grapes are also used for the Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo rose’ wine.

Montepulciano is also the main grape in two other very important central Italian wines, the Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno, both from Marche.