Nestled between the sprawling hills and the rugged terrain of central Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC stands as an emblem of the region's rich viticultural heritage. A wine that truly speaks of place, it tells tales of the harmonious relationship between nature and viticulture that has been nurtured for centuries.
The environment of Abruzzo is one of its defining features. With the Apennine Mountains to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east, this breathtaking region offers a unique blend of maritime and mountain influences. These natural conditions provide a refreshing balance of warm days and cool nights, allowing grapes to mature perfectly while retaining their natural acidity. This results in wines with both body and elegance, making them versatile partners at the dining table.
At the heart of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is the Montepulciano grape variety, which dominates the vineyards. This grape's rich, robust character brings forward flavors of ripe red fruits, complemented by hints of herbs and earthy undertones. Not to be overlooked, Sangiovese also plays a pivotal role in this region, adding layers of cherry notes and a touch of spice to the blend.
Together, these grape varieties produce wines that are full-bodied yet approachable, with a signature deep ruby hue that captures the essence of Abruzzo's passion and spirit. Whether savored on its own or paired with the hearty dishes of the region, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is a wine that beckons one to explore the enchanting landscapes and traditions of its homeland.
The DOC Montepulciano d' Abruzzo runs along the east coast of Abruzzo for almost 300 km. Is located in the Abruzzo wine region, and it borders to the north with the province of Marche and to the south with Molise. Interestingly, this DOC represents 80% of the wines produced in Abruzzo, and it is among the 3 DOCs that produce the most wines in Italy.
The area covered by this DOC has a warm, dry Mediterranean climate. Grapes destined for the DOC wines receive about 2,260 hours of the average sunlight that Abruzzo receives annually. Rainfall varies depending on the vineyard's altitude: the higher the altitude, the higher the rainfall. Vineyards closer to the coastal areas benefit from the moderating influence of the Adriatic Ocean.
The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC region is characterized by a diverse range of soils, including clay, limestone, and sandy compositions. These soils contribute to the unique terroir of the area, influencing the growth of the Montepulciano grape and imparting distinct mineral and structural elements to the wines.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Montepulciano, Sangiovese
The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC region encapsulates the soul of Abruzzo's winemaking tradition, showcased through its trio of wines: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva, and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Pescaresi.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, the hallmark red wine, marries a minimum of 85% Montepulciano grapes with other authorized non-aromatic red varieties. With a rich and approachable character, it offers a symphony of dark fruit flavors and supple tannins, painting a vivid portrait of the terroir.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva takes this journey to a heightened expression. Aged for a longer period, it embodies sophistication and depth. The minimum 6 months of aging imparts nuanced complexities, making each sip a voyage through evolving flavors, enveloped in the warmth of the region.
Hailing from the Colline Pescaresi subzone, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Pescaresi and Colline Pescaresi Superiore are distinguished offerings. Comprising a minimum of 90% Montepulciano, these wines possess an elevated standard of quality. Colline Pescaresi Superiore is aged for a minimum of 6 months, providing a crafted resonance of flavors that echoes the land it hails from.
These wines, rooted in the Montepulciano grape, tell a narrative of tradition and innovation, each bottle preserving the essence of Abruzzo. As they mature in cellars and in glasses, they echo the passage of time, inviting wine enthusiasts to discover the multifaceted nature of the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC.