Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine

Vineyards in front of Roccascalegna castle on the rocky mountain in Abruzzo, Italy

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is one of Italy's most exported DOC wines and it's easy to see why. Bursting with flavours of black fruit, smoke and spice, it's a complex red wine with soft tannins. Made primarily from the Montepulciano grape, with a touch of Sangiovese, it's aged for five years before release (two years for Riserva, including at least nine months in wood barrels).

The Abruzzo region sits to the east of Rome and has numerous sub-zones. For the very best examples of Montepulciano, try wines from Colline Teramane DOCG.

Note: don't confuse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with the similarly named Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The latter is a Sangiovese-led blend from Tuscany, rather than a Montepulciano-led blend from Abruzzo.

What does it taste like? Good quality Montepulciano d'Abruzzo will have a smoky flavour, complemented by sweet spices from oak ageing and ripe black fruits. Thanks to its soft tannins, it can be enjoyed young, but will continue to develop complex flavours if you age it in the cellar.

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