one of Italy’s most famous wines, and can be found on wine store shelves all around the world. This classic, well-rounded, plum-scented Italian red is made from Montepulciano grapes grown in the Abruzzo region, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. It is quite distinct from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany. The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC covers a vast area of eastern Abruzzo. It spans all 120km of Abruzzo’s coastline (right up to the border with Molise in the south and Marche in the north) and spreads inland for roughly 32km. Much of western Abruzzo is too mountainous for effective viticulture, so most Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines come from the low hills, plains and coastal areas. A plump grape, which gives good yields of easy-drinking wine, with low acidity and soft, unobtrusive tannins.
is the Abruzzo region’s white-wine partner to its iconic red, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It is the only DOC in Abruzzo specializing exclusively in white wine. In addition to the Trebbianos (and Bombino) which make up the mainstay of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines,Cococciola, Passerina and white Malvasia, can also be used. The wines are golden in color, typically dry but fruit-forward, with a delicate bouquet and refreshing, crisp acidity. A select few producers use barrel fermentation and/or barrel maturation to create examples with greater complexity, depth and body.