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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  • Duncan 906 - Your ride reminds me of our visit to England, Scotland & Wales ... more specifically the 2009 Montepulciano D'arruzzo Riserva.  Very nice and it gets better after 20 minutes in the glass.  The link is to the 2008 bottl Read More

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  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... d’avola, negroamaro, montepulciano, aglianico, marzemino, refosco, lagrein, the lambruscos salamino and maestri …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware, vermentino, which is being made in some quantity n... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Ercolani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004


    Fantastic Brunello. This was brought back from a trip to Italy several years ago and has been resting comfortably. L's B-day along with Moms' day prompting opening this. Opened a few days a head of time, this poured out a bit brickish in color. Some nice dark fruit on the nose along with just a hint of smoke. On the palate there's plenty of blac... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore Montetinello 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • One of my favorite "daily" wines is a Montepulciano D'abruzzo.  Its only $6.99 a bottle and absolutely amazing for that price point.  Red fruit forward with a little earthiness to it... Cherry, strawberry and a little spice.  Amazing with a number of different items.  Available here at Vinovin Online Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • La Quercia Montepulciano 2012


    Organic wine with plump body and raspberry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Friso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012


    Liked it a lot. Read More

    Wine review by vermouth22

  • You can't make shirts with it, but wine definitely tastes better with ... ... for grapes such as Italian Montepulciano and Spanish Tempranillo that are more likely to do well on Texas soil than delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” Campoy wrote. Ambitious as they are, the state's winemakers are aware of their shortcomings, Texas wine author Rus... Read More

    From the article Cowboy Country Class: Texan Farmers Turn To Grapes

  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an ... ... and new grapes, such as Montepulciano, are being tested here.  Today, North Carolina has over 100 wineries -- the industry is growing so quickly that even the state Department of Agriculture admits it has a hard time keeping count. The state ranks 10th in the nati... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina

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