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MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO RED WINES

Abruzzo is perhaps an overlooked region, and the same could be said (unfairly) about its wines. We examine the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape to see what it has to offer

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is capable of greatness, delivering rich, warming reds

The standing of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines has become more significant on the international stage over the past decade, but they are still seriously underrated outside Italy. It is a fascinating variety, offering something for everyone: drink it young and enjoy the light, cherry flavours, or savour the dark complexity of the more mature examples. The origins of the Montepulciano grape variety are relatively unknown; the name is the same as the Tuscan town but should not be confused with Vino Nobile and Vino Rosso di Montepulciano, made using the Sangiovese grape variety.

This wine has a noble history, though, with accounts of its consumption by the soldiers of Hannibal’s army on their march through Italy.

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