Central Italy - Abruzzo

4 important questions on Central Italy - Abruzzo

Where is the wine region Abruzzo based and which ranking does it have in Italy?

East coast, south of Marche, north of Puglia
5th by production
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How would you describe the growing environment of vines in Abruzzo? How is the climate in these areas?

Divided by two:
  1. Hillside under the Apennines; continental with cooling influences from the mountains; longer ripening season; pergola training, hand work
  2. Flat, coastal zone; maritime and mediterranean - higher temperatures, fertile soils, good for high volumes; cordon or guyot for mechanical harvesting and machine work
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Describe the Montepulciano grape and its characteristics


  • In rosé Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
  • high in anthocyanin and tannins, so maceration is short
  • Two styles of red:
  1. brief maceration
  2. high quality; extended time in barrel to soften tannins, bottle ageing, large oak vessels.
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What are the three levels for red wines made from Montepulciano (d'Abruzzo)?

  1. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC: must be from hilly sites
  2. 5 official sub-zones; restricted yields, min 18 months ageing (50% in oak)
  3. Colline Teramane M.d'A DOCG; former sub-zone, restricted yield, ageing min 2 years, 1 in oak.

Bottling not necessarily in region of origin!
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