Name of varietal: Montepulciano

Common synonyms: Cordisco, Cordiscio, Cordisio, Morellone, Primaticcio, Primutico

Parentage of the grape: indigneous to Abruzzo, Italy

History of the grape: Let’s first clear up some confusion: Montepulciano is a grape. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from the grape, in the region of Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also a village in Tuscany, that happens to be nowhere near where the grape is grown. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the name of a wine that has absolutely no Montepulciano in it (it’s Prugnolo Gentile, the local name for Sangiovese). So why is a grape named for a village so far away from where it’s actually grown? No one knows.

What we do know is that Montepulciano, the grape, can be traced back to the region for centuries, with written history in 1793 making reference to it in the Abruzzo village of Sulmona. It had been commercially for at least 200 years before finally becoming the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Read more »

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  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... was produced entirely from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Masciarelli has been producing this offering since 1981. This is intentionally made Rosé produced from dedicated fruit. It has a beautiful ripe strawberry hue. Somewhat intense aromas of red fruit jump from the... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer

  • Contrada Vallone 2011


    Beautiful Old World red that expresses the terroir of the Marche. I taste Italian tradition in every sip. Earthy leather on the nose, followed by a terroir-driven taste- leathery fruit through from the front palate to a juicy savoryness mid-palate through the finish. I'll take 2 Read More

    Wine review by zeiger

  • Fattoria la Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012


    Red berry fruits, a tangy citrusy note with earthy overtones to a soft tannic edge that blends well with an acidic finish that a juicy, fruit tinged finish. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Cantina Zaccagnini Sangiovese Blend Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo 2012


    Clean on palate. Good choice. May need to breathe Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Fantini Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013


    Some black fruit on the nose. Tastes of dusty cherry and cassis. High Tannin, very tight, needs time. Read More

    Wine review by HarperInTheVines

  • Edizione Cinque Autoctoni VdT Rosso Barrica 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Cuvee TX

  • Yesterday was great.  I attended two wine tasting events; the first with ... with ... then a La Quercia Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, a Semifonte Rosso Pondere Ciona and finally the Tre Donne D'Arc blend.  I think we both bought the last one, plus several other bottles from the stock of wines in the shop.  There was also a crab soup tasting and we... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Gianni Masciarelli Montepulciano Dabruzzo Classica Case of 6 Bottles 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by cjdarr

  • Palladino Biferno Rosso Riserva 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... de ... de Lellis.It consists of 70% montepulciano,a native Italian grape named after the town of that name halfway between Florence and Rome and the second most widely planted grape in central and southern Italy.15% is aglinico,a grape brought to Italy from Greece in classica... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by angem55

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