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Wine with Montepulciano grapes

by | Jul 21, 2016

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Montepulciano is an Italian red wine grape variety which is grown in central as well as southern Italy. It is also a hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena, in Tuscany.

Montepulciano Grapes

Is Montepulciano a grape?

The name of this grape variety share a similarity with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano but, it is an altogether different Tuscan wine, which is produced from Sangiovese and other grape varieties, whereas Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is purely produced from Montepulciano grapes.

Montepulciano grapes are one of the most applauded varieties of wine grape. This grape produces the one of the most amazing wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Montepulciano is a plump kind of a grape and carries a greater quantity of juice.

The skin of Montepulciano grape is highly pigmented and hence, it lends a deep and rich colour to the wines produced from it.

Montepulciano produces amazing deep coloured wine. The wine has moderate acidity and noticeable alcohol content as well as extracts.


Montepulciano is also known as Cordicso, Cordisco, Cordiscio, Cordisio, Montepulciano Cordesco, Monte Pulciano, Premutico, Montepulciano di Torre de Passeri, Morellone, Sangiovetto, Sangiovese Cordisco, Sangiovese Cardisco, Primaticcio, Primutico, Sangiovetto, Uva Abruzzese  Uva Abruzzi and Torre dei Passeri.

Origin of Montepulciano

If wine experts are to be believed, Montepulciano has its origin in Tuscany. It is believed to be related to Sangiovese.

Montepulciano was then cultivated throughout the central and southern Italy, especially in Abruzzo, Marche, Latium, Umbria, Apulia and Molise, but though it is named as Montepulciano, this grape variety is not cultivated anywhere near the village Montepulciano.

If numbers are to be believed, in the year 2004, Montpulciano was planted in about 7,300 ha (18,000 acres) region. In the year 2005, about 500,000 hectoliters of wine were produced by DOC, 2/3rds of which was produced exclusively in Chieti province.

Major Wine Regions

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’s DOC regions are scattered throughout the Abruzzo region in between the foothills of the Apennines reaching down inland from the Adriatic coast.

It is cultivated in all the 4 provinces of Abruzzo namely L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara and Chieti. The maximum amount of which is produced in Chieti.

Favourable Conditions to Grow Montepulciano

The whole vineyard located in the hillside is comprised of calcareous clay.

The warm sun shines over this part of land and hence, supports the growth of Montepulciano. And to top that, the dry breezes blowing from the Adriatic provides a more favourable climate.

In the northern region where the vineyards of Montepulciano fall in Teramo and Pescara, the soil is less fertile.

It has a larger concentration of limestone and ferrous clay. The climate here is cool, too. Hence, the wine produced here are more concentrated.

Montepulciano is a late ripening variety of grape and hence, a certain type of climate and soil supports its growth.  The grape is capable of producing large yields.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Montepulciano

Montepulciano is credited for producing deeply hued wines. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a deeply hued wine.

As compared to other wines, Montepulciano is a milder variety of wine.  It has fine pepper and spice notes.

This wine is often described as “rustic”. It is also one of the most aromatic wines. It is more tannic and less acidic.

Along with having pepper and spice notes, the wine also carries earthy notes. The wine flaunts an intense inky- purple colour.


Cerasuolo is Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo rose style. Cerasuolo means “cherry- red”. It gets its name from the deep, intense colour of the wine.

The colour of the wine is due to the richly pigmented skin of the grape Montepulciano.

Cerasuolo is a medium- bodied wine. It has a rich aroma which is a blend of orange peel, strawberry, dried cherries and cinnamon.

Montepulciano wines are generally consumed young, but this fact couldn’t hide the ageing potential of this wine.

The wine is preferred young generally, and it does not show any drastic change in a course of 10 years. The wine lasts for about 20 to 30 years.

Food That Goes Well with Montepulciano

Food pairing isn’t an issue with the Montepulciano as it is a mild and soft wine.

It goes with many food varieties. It pairs amazingly with pasta in red sauce.

This wine is a hit among its lovers.

They have received it with open arms and continue to do so. It has its fair share of fans across the world.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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