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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

A brief description of one of the best wines of Abruzzo.

Among the most ancient traditions of Abruzzo, viticulture and wine making occupy no doubt the first positions.
Even some Greek and Latin authors, including Polybius and Ovid, made references to the large amounts of wine available in the region at that time.
For example, Ovid talked about “terra ferax Cereris multoque feracior uvis”, that is to say a land where wheat is plentiful, but grapes are even more so.

With such an ancient tradition, it goes without saying that the fine wines of Abruzzo are excellent.
Today we want to focus on one of the finest regional wines: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo one of the top three DOC wines produced in Italy.

It is a red grape variety that is mostly widespread in the provinces of L’Aquila, Teramo, Chieti and Pescara. The vineyards have been cultivated in the hilly areas of Val Peligna and Teramo since the mid-eighteenth century.

Even if the grapes used to make this wine have always been present on the territory of Abruzzo, the current name was chosen in the seventeenth century. Like many other varieties of black grapes, it seems that the birthplace is Greece.

The organoleptic proprieties of this wine are really unique.

It is very good if drunk young, but it is excellent after a long aging. It is perfect to accompany red meat and pecorino cheese.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a controlled denomination of origin that also includes the “Cerasuolo” typology (the name comes from “cirasce” a dialectal word of Abruzzo that means “cherry”). However, the winemaking process for this variety is different and follows a traditional method anciently used by the peasants of Abruzzo, according to which the grapes were macerated entirely, skins included.

So, enjoy a glass of excellent wine to fully experience the tradition of Abruzzo!
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