Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is largely forgotten outside the region, enjoying no special reputation – but to the delight of consumers, successful specimens are of a much higher quality than the price would suggest.
History, geography and wines
Abruzzo is an isolated part of Italy, with a chequered winegrowing history. The Apennines reach heights of up to 3,000 metres here, making access difficult.
Abruzzo's wines are also relatively unknown in Italy. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo red wine, produced from the Montepulciano grape, has a dense colour and a good structure. The local rosé is called Cerasuolo, while DOC Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is a neutral dry white.