Central Italy - Abruzzo

4 important questions on Central Italy - Abruzzo

Where is the wine region Abruzzo based and which ranking does it have in Italy?

East coast, south of Marche, north of Puglia
5th by production

How would you describe the growing environment of vines in Abruzzo? How is the climate in these areas?

Divided by two:
  1. Hillside under the Apennines; continental with cooling influences from the mountains; longer ripening season; pergola training, hand work
  2. Flat, coastal zone; maritime and mediterranean - higher temperatures, fertile soils, good for high volumes; cordon or guyot for mechanical harvesting and machine work

Describe the Montepulciano grape and its characteristics

  • In rosé Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
  • high in anthocyanin and tannins, so maceration is short
  • Two styles of red:
  1. brief maceration
  2. high quality; extended time in barrel to soften tannins, bottle ageing, large oak vessels.
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What are the three levels for red wines made from Montepulciano (d'Abruzzo)?

  1. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC: must be from hilly sites
  2. 5 official sub-zones; restricted yields, min 18 months ageing (50% in oak)
  3. Colline Teramane M.d'A DOCG; former sub-zone, restricted yield, ageing min 2 years, 1 in oak.

Bottling not necessarily in region of origin!

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