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 Montepulciano Wine

Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. The variety was named after the Tuscan parish of Montepulciano, but, confusingly, is not used in the famous wines produced there (see Vino Nobile di Montepulciano).

Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG titles. Although sometimes used on its own, it also responds well to blending with other varieties, most successfully Sangiovese – its close relative and Italy's most widely planted grape variety.

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At the turn of the new century, Montepulciano was Italy’s second most planted red wine variety, just behind Sangiovese and marginally ahead of Barbera. Its popularity is to both the approachable style of the wines it produces, and because the variety gives reliably high yields.

The most famous Montepulciano wines come from the east coast of Italy, specifically the Abruzzo region. Here, vast volumes of Montepulciano are produced on the low hills and flatlands around the Adriatic coast, and marketed under the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title. Abruzzo's finest examples of Montepulciano come from the region's north, in the Colline Teramane foothills. Although slightly more expensive because of their DOCG status, these nonetheless represent excellent value for money.

Two other star-performing central Italian wines made from Montepulciano grapes are Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno, both from the Marche region. Despite the fact that these wines are often of higher quality than their mass-produced d'Abruzzo counterparts, they are markedly less famous. This is probably because their names communicate nothing about the grape variety they're made from – something of a marketing disadvantage in the modern, varietal-focused global wine market.

While some grapes (Chardonnay, Muscat and the various Pinot varieties spring to mind) are extremely versatile, and can be used to produce wines of various styles (still, sparkling, dry, sweet), Montepulciano has so far developed a reputation only for its dry red table wines. And while this reputation is largely accurate, a notable exception can be found in the brighter, lighter, cherry-colored Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo.

Small quantities of Montepulciano are grown in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Some of these wines show real promise but are still widely regarded as being in the experimental stage.

Synonyms include: Cordisco, Morellone, Primaticcio, Uva Abruzzo, Violone.

Popular blends include: Montepulciano – Sangiovese, Montepulciano – Syrah.

Food matches include:
Europe: Spinach-stuffed roasted veal (arrosto di vitello ripieno di spinaci); orecchiette pasta with tomato, basil and hard ricotta (rosé)
Asia: Beef satay (satai sapi); curried eggplant
Americas: Deep-dish pizza; pork-stuffed potato pancakes (milcao relleno con chicharrones)
Australasia/Oceania: Beetroot, apple and watercress salad (rosé); confit duck with roasted almond crisps


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Region 
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Oasi degli Angeli Kurni Rosso Marche IGT, Italy Marche IGT $96 596
Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $13 1080
Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $108 2135
Azienda Agricola Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $275 2156
Marramiero Inferi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $27 2643
Di Majo Norante Ramitello Biferno Rosso, Molise, Italy Biferno $13 2861
Villa Medoro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $11 3250
Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $15 3366
Farnese Gran Sasso 'La Bella Addormentata' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $11 4384
Farnese 'Villa Farnia di Farnese' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $13 4677
Farnese Casale Vecchio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $13 4776
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $8 4902
Terra d'Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $13 4943
Cantina Tollo 'Colle Secco Rubino' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $10 5235
Illuminati Riparosso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $11 5264
Caldora Yume Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $23 5521
Oriel Palio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $17 6049
Nestore Bosco 'R' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $11 6080
Masciarelli Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $23 6540
Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $17 6600
Talamonti 'Moda' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $8 6709
Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $6 6748
Italo Pietrantonj Etichetta Nera Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $13 7326
Umani Ronchi Cumaro Rosso Conero, Marche, Italy Rosso Conero $27 7563
Zonin Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $6 7563
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