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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  • Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo San Clemente 2011


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011


    Quite modest nose. I can detect some berry fruit and some herbals. On the tongue, there is a brief encounter with blueberry flavor, but that is quickly overcome by earthiness, or, maybe, dark chocolate bitterness. Then, I realize that this wine is seriously tannic. Fairly low acid. A wine that begs for food accompaniment, and I dont think it... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of ... ... Barbera together with Montepulciano ranks behind only Sangiovese in red grapes planted throughout Italy. StyleBarbera grows in a variety of soils and climates throughout Italy. It is durable and disease resistant. Italy’s DOC and DOCG laws usually permit up t... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera

  • Colli Pesaresi Sangiovese Timoteo di Sante Cantina 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • In advance of this week's promotion of Tuscan wine in various locations ... Nobile di Montepulciano also performed well, selling for about 347 euros per hectolire.  The region's primary white wine producer also showed strong sales in the first part of the fiscal year, garnering about 157 euros per hectoliter, an increase from the same time peri... Read More

    From the article Tuscany Wine Prices Stayed Strong Through 2014

  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient ... Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with Dark Chocolate Covered Bacon  Italian wines can offer a great match with chocolate, especially ones that use minimal oak aging. This wine from the Abruzzi region of Italy is made from organic grapes and leans more to the earthy an... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

  • There are countless delicious wines you could enjoy with your Valentine this ... ... 2011 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ($29) Italy is responsible for some of the most romantic wines in the world. This 100% Sangiovese wine brings to mind offerings from neighboring Brunello, but at a better value. Sip and contemplate this one over a leisurely m... Read More

    From the article 10 Storytelling Wines for Valentine's Day

  • This is a great moment to marvel at the sheer beauty of Italy’s ... ... ... Glass of Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoTraveling in OrvietoMoments made for Umbria and MontefalcoSoave Forever Stay tuned for fresh articles on the latest in Italian wine every week during the month of February. How will you be celebrating Italian wines this month? Join u Read More

    From the article February is Italian Wine Appreciation Month

  • Moroder Rosso Conero Aion 2011


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.o.c.g. Rot Trocken Toscana 2008


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    Wine review by jtfluitt

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