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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Wine – Gathering a Landscape in a Glass

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grapes

What can five years living in Abruzzo bring? A deep falling in love with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine perhaps: a red that is made from an absolute minimum of 85% fat & juicy Montepulciano grapes and 15% Sangiovese grape mix that makes a wonderful fruity dry Italian red wine.

It’s a wine of jewels; its grapes are deep purple, their juice being the colour of a pressed ruby. Abruzzo’s soil has a low acidity content and delivers a playful soft violet red wine that is low in tannins and draws upon ever so happy childhood memories…picking blackcurrants, blackberries & raspberries; granny’s sweet but sour plum crumbles, with an adult sprinkling of local liquorice…all contribute to this wine’s character, enlivening it rather than letting it wallow in the tepid backwaters of just-another-red-wine.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo used to be off the radar as far as any wine collectors were concerned, a cheap and low grade wine that was served with nothing more than pizza at best.  But in the last 5 years smaller producers have slowly beaten down and educated the former wine snobs that had formerly miscast this Abruzzo wine as simple peasant wine.  2000 years after the first wine-growers began experimenting with this grape, it has firmly established itself as Italy’s fourth vine, cultivated at no more than 500 masl; its vines do not suffer the insufferable and enjoy summer showers carried from the beautiful Apennine mountains, ensconced in the knowledge that they can spread their vines in one of least populated areas of Europe.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Gathering a Landscape in a Glass

At its most immature Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can be drunk at just five months old without any wood restrictions; by the time it gains its Reserve honours the alcohol content is up to 12% and it has spent 6 months aged in wood.  There are some fantastic bio-dynamic growers like Emidio Pepe who forgo the wood, thus the official Reserve title, but no matter as their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines have complex flavours that feel they have gathered an entire landscape in, allowing you to breath Abruzzo without any need for artificial wood caskets.

Who’s this Wine Good for?:

Anyone looking for a wine that literally is good drank with everything: I have yet to find something that I cannot enjoy this with.  It has to compete against the Abruzzo fiery peperoncino chilli, so rather than fight a dish it helps to embrace it.

Those who have circulation problems – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has high levels of anti-oxidants and polyphenols that reduce the likelihood of fatty lesions and blood clots.

Montepulcianod'Abruzzo Wines at Emidio Pepe

Further Reading

Listen to the New York Times Wine Columnist, Eric Asimov Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’s wine feature

For wine lovers in the UK read here of where to buy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at local supermarkets

View our Remains of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Grape Photograph on The Guardian

Sam Dunham

Sam Dunham

Freelance Web Content Manager & Copywriter at Samantha Dunham
Sam is a very lucky Mid LifeMum to A who is 3 and full-time freelance content manager and copywriter. Luckily her client mix allows her to combine her passions for photography, travel, food & wine within her day-job. She keeps a family travel blog when she has the time, MidLifeMum.me, her old Abruzzo blog being LifeinAbruzzo.com. She is co-founder of the social enterprises,the Abruzzo Blogger Community which organises the regional web awards, Red Gold Day and Let's Blog Abruzzo that creates blogger workshops in off the beaten tracks in Abruzzo.
Sam Dunham
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Sam is a very lucky Mid LifeMum to A who is 3 and full-time freelance content manager and copywriter. Luckily her client mix allows her to combine her passions for photography, travel, food & wine within her day-job. She keeps a family travel blog when she has the time, MidLifeMum.me, her old Abruzzo blog being LifeinAbruzzo.com. She is co-founder of the social enterprises,the Abruzzo Blogger Community which organises the regional web awards, Red Gold Day and Let's Blog Abruzzo that creates blogger workshops in off the beaten tracks in Abruzzo.
  1. Maria D'Orsogna

    by oil I mean low-grade, sulfur rich, heavy petroleum, not olive oil of course. thanks!

  2. Maria D'Orsogna

    I agree with every word that you say. I have lived in abruzzo for about 10 years of my life and still travel there often.
    It is a beautiful part of Italy, unknown to most tourists.

    What perhaps is not known to your UK readers is that HALF of Abruzzo, Roseto included, has been designated as an oil district.

    Some of the companies that have requested drilling permits are Italy's ENI, UK's Mediterranean Oil and Gas, Ireland's Petroceltic.

    It is a complex story – people have been fighting this for two years, and while we have had some success it is important to raise awareness outside the Italian speaking community.

    Some information is here:

    Abruzzo drilling map – Roseto included:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_HC8MR7OWhgM/Sagz0P9eowI

    From the BBC:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8152759.stm

    Our activist website:
    http://www.savethemontepulciano.blogspot.com

    In English:
    http://sundial.csun.edu/2009/09/csun-math-profess