Montepulciano grapes are one of the most widely cultivated varietals in Italy, with vines growing in twenty of Italy's ninety five provinces. This varietal is renowned for producing high yields, making it popular with vintners looking for a relatively easy varietal to grow. Whilst the grapes tend to have a low skin to juice ratio, the skins themselves are remarkably high in tannins with a lot of pigmentation, which means they often produce rather well bodied wines with a beautiful deep, dark color The wines of Montepulciano grapes are most commonly associated with soft, rounded characteristics, with plenty of juicy, plummy flavors The wines are known for being very smooth and drinkable, and easy to match with a wide range of foods.
There are few wine regions in the world quite as ancient or interesting as that of Abruzzo, a region of central Italy which has been producing wines for almost three thousand years. Indeed, wines were being made and enjoyed there in pre-Roman times, and several historical records mention the quality of Abruzzo wines, and many of the famous individuals who drank them in ancient times. Today, the region is doing very well indeed, now fully recovered from the drop in reputation it suffered in the mid twentieth century. Abruzzo wines are primarily made with the excellent Montepulciano and Trebbiano varietal grapes which flourish there, and are notable for their big, bold and fruit-forward flavors, which have proven to be popular with modern palates, and match well with a range of cuisines.
It isn't difficult to understand why Italy is famed not just for the quality of its wines, but also for the vast variety and range of characteristics found in the wines there. The terrain of the country varies wildly, from the lush rolling green hills and valley of Tuscany, to the sun drenched rocky coasts of Sicily, the mountainous and alpine regions of the north, and the marshy lowlands of the east. Italy really does have a little bit of everything. Combine this huge range of landscapes with an almost perfect climate for grape cultivation, and you have a country seemingly designed for viticultural excellence. The results speak for themselves, and it is clear to see that wine has become an inseparable part of Italian culture as a result of its abundance and brilliance. Each village, city and region has a local wine perfectly matched with the cuisine of the area, and not an evening passes without the vast majority of Italian families raising a glass of locally sourced wine with pride and pleasure.