Montepulciano wine grape

Montepulciano’s heartland is in Abruzzo on Italy’s west coast, though it is second only to Sangiovese as Italy’s most widely planted indigenous grape, being found throughout central Italy (it doesn’t ripen in the north) and down into Apulia, Italy’s heel.
It may well be related to Sangiovese; the two are easily confused in the vineyard.  Their wines are more distinct, with Montepulciano being deeper in colour, lower in acidity, and fuller-bodied, with softer, riper tannins.

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