The most renowned Montepulciano based wines are found in the Abruzzo region of eastern Italy. This region produces Montepulciano in vast quantities (mostly from the flatlands and small hills about the Adriatic coast). These wines are produced under the DOC title of: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. With the more prestigious, DOCG titled-examples springing from Abruzzo’s northern Colline Termane foothills. Order now! Buy this excellent wine from our online shop, our delivery is very fast, our price is reasonable and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.
There are two other Montepulciano based wines of note from central Italy: Rossa Conero and Rossa Piceno. Both varieties come from the Marche region, and despite being a higher quality of wine are not as well-known as their mass-produced d'Abruzzo contemporaries. This may be a result of their names not reflecting their grape based variety. One of the drawbacks of international, varietal-centric focus.
This variety is not generally found in northern Italy as it tends to ripen late in the season. An early harvest for this variety is not at all desirable, as most of the berries would be too green. As immature grapes do not produce good wine, it found mostly in central and eastern Italy. Yet, when fully ripe Montepulciano’s deep red/purple color, moderate acid, and alcohol levels are sublime.
While multi-purpose grapes (like Muscat, Chardonnay, and the multitudes of Pinot sub-species) come springing to mind, Montepulciano has a reputation for only dry red table wines. Though it appears capable of making other wine varieties, as is seen in Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, a light, bright wine of cherry color.