When it comes to wine, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Located in central Italy just south of Umbria, the region offers a rugged, mountainous terrain that is bordered by the Adriatic sea to the east. This climate combined with the fertile hillsides and limestone-rich soils makes it ideal for producing wine.
ABOUT THE ABRUZZO WINE REGION
Much of Abruzzo’s inland is covered by national parks and nature reserves, including the Apennine mountains. Covering more than 65% of the entire region, these mountains help temper storms and rain, thus protecting hillside vineyards from gusty winds and floods.
Towards the east, the warm heat from the Mediterranean sun encourages grape development, while the bordering Adriatic sea breeze keeps the vineyards nice and cool.
Abruzzo is comprised of four provinces, all of them able to produce excellent wine. The most renowned province for wine production in Abruzzo is Chieti, the fifth largest winemaking area in all of Italy!
WHAT TYPES OF ABRUZZO WINES ARE THERE?
While there are several wines hailing from Abruzzo, the most notable ones include: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and Cerasuolo.
MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO: A splendid and long-underrated grape variety, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo delivers rich and often complex red wines. This grape variety is produced in all four provinces of Abruzzo, however, the majority of it occurs in Chieti. To be considered DOC, it must contain a minimum of 85% Montepulciano grape and up to 15% of Sangiovese grape.
Pair Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with grilled or roasted meats, such as steak, pork, and even lamb, which is commonly enjoyed as arrosticini.
TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO: A white wine appellation, the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grape produces wines that are golden in colour, typically dry but fruit-forward, with a delicate bouquet and a refreshing, crisp acidity. Like Montepulciano, Trebbiano is also produced in all four regions of Abruzzo. To be considered DOC, it must contain at least 85% of the Trebbiano grape.
CERASUOLO: Created in 2010, Cerasuolo is a new Abruzzese rosé wine made with the Montepulciano grape variety. Typically grown in the province of L’Aquila, Cerasuolo wines tend to be light, vibrant, and fruity. Thanks to a particular winemaking technique employed which reduces the contact time between the grape juice and red grape skins, Cerasuolo boasts a cherry-like colour, hence its name which means “cherry” in Italian.
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