Wines of Abruzzo

Towers in the village of Pacentro, and the Appenine mountains in the background in Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo is a region in the east of Central Italy, sandwiched between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic sea. It is famous for the black grape Montepulciano, which is used to make the world-renowned red wine Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Montepulciano is a thick-skinned grape with powerful tannins and deep colours, and wines made from it benefit from long ageing. It has medium acidity and a rounded flavour profile, with aromas of plums and other black fruits.

Inexpensive wines from Abruzzo are made without any oak ageing, and are supposed to be drunk young. On the other hand the premium, most concentrated examples are often matured in Slavonian or French oak, which adds complex aromas of spice, vanilla and smoke.

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