Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a local vine varieties with a very deep ruby red color that, when aged, tends to maroon and orange shades. Its aroma is very strong and persistent scenting of ripe red fruits with peculiar hints of marasca cherry, plum, wither rose, licorice and vanilla. Its taste is dry, warm and soft.
Montepulciano, together with San Giovese, represents the best “red” wine tradition in central Italy, with its bunch of medium size and compactness, nearly always winged and with pyramidal or conic shape.
The origins of Montepulciano in Abruzzo are debated, but it seems that, around the VII century B.C., the historian Polibio – while narrating Hannibal’s deeds – referred to a wine produced in an area close to the Adriatic coast in the territory of Pretuzi (the current province of Teramo) that contributed to heal the injured and cheer up the warriors.
The procedural guideline requires that the grapes intended to produce Montepulciano wine have to be planted in soils sitting no more than 500 m above the sea level, making an exception for soils up to 600 m with southern exposure.