Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red wine made with Montepulciano grapes grown in Abruzzo. Whilst Montepulciano grapes are widely cultivated in the centre and south of Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is only made in Abruzzo, and it is the local wine, together with the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, white, and the Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, rose’, still made with Montepulciano grapes.
The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a DOC wine and it is produced, with different results all over the region, except the wine produced in the “Colline Teramane” which in 2003 was granted the DOCG status.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine’s quality can vary significantly, from very poor quality wines to outstanding passing for easy to drink, fruity red wines, the Montepulciano grape has the potential to make outstanding wines and the choice is down to wine makers and the choice starts in the vineyards.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines can be made to be consumed young when they are appreciated for their fruit and their gentle tannins or can be aged, producing great, complex wines that can rival some of the best Italian and non wines, producing wines that can be cellared for several years.