Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a native vine varieties with a very deep ruby red color and, when aged, it turns to maroon and orange. Its aroma is very strong and persistent with a scent of ripe red fruits and peculiar hints of marasca cherry, plum, wither rose, licorice and vanilla. It has a dry, warm and soft flavour.
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.