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One of the most widely grown grapes in Italy is the Montepulciano varietal, which is much loved by wine producers and drinkers alike due to its drinkability and full, ripe flavors It thrives most successfully in warm and dry terroirs, and as such can grow in most of Italy's wine regions, where it is popular with vintners due to the fact that it produces very high yields. In recent years, it has been grown in many other countries around the world, where it is prized for its color and large plummy notes, making it an ideal varietal for many international palates. The wines themselves are usually soft and rounded, with mild tannins present in the mouth. However, the tannins in the grape skins contain lots of pigment, making these wines remarkably deep and dark in color.
Abruzzo is a fascinating part of Italy, and one which is quite ideal for viticulture. With a stunningly mixed landscape featuring mountains and coastlines, there is plenty of variation in Abruzzo when it comes to terroirs and climatic conditions. As such, across the region there are many different wines made with the grape varietals which flourish there, despite the vast majority of the region's vineyards being used only for Montepulciano and Trebbiano varietal grapes. As with many of Italy's ancient wine regions, the historic area of Abruzzo suffered a drop in reputation during the mid twentieth century. However, recent decades have seen a real effort made by the region's wineries when it comes to improving the quality and character of their wines, and today, the region is producing several impressive wines, packed full of character, history and tradition, alongside superb flavors and aromas.
Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.