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Italian wine and grape guide : Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a red 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 grape variety, just behind Sangiovese, due to the style of the wines it produces, very approachable, very versatile, and because of the variety reliability.

The Montepulciano grape is renowned and appreciated for its characteristics, from flavours to color to gentle tannins, and for this reasons it is used in varying proportions to produce about 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG denominations, and many other blends, 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 denomination. There is only one DOCG wine produced with Montepulciano grapes and this is the Colline Teramane, all others are DOCs. 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.