Abruzzo wine region
The central Italian region of Abruzzo lies on the Adriatic coast, on the opposite side to Rome. Much of it is mountainous, but it still manages to be a major wine producer.
By far its most famous wine is the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, made from the eponymous black grape that is probably local to the region. (It is not to be confused with the Tuscan red Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, which is made from Sangiovese.) Noted for its depth of black fruit, robust but ripe tannins and remarkably moderate prices, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has become the default choice in Italian restaurants the world over.
Its white equivalent is Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, made from a variety of white grapes including Bombino Bianco, Trebbiano Toscano and the ‘true’ Trebbiano Abruzzese (which may in fact be a clone of Bombino). It can be a fine, ageworthy white, but it suffers even more than Montepulciano from the over-generous yields – some of the highest in Italy – allowed by the DOC rules.
Cerasuolo (“cherry-red”) d’Abruzzo is a dark rosé from Montepulciano grapes, acclaimed as one of Italy’s best. It can be made anywhere in the DOC region but is a particular speciality of the higher inland vineyards in the province of L’Aquila.
Decanting Club wines from: Abruzzo
Valle Reale, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
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