The region of Abruzzo is located in central Italy. Two thirds of it is mountainous and the remaining third is hilly with the easterly coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

In the past Abruzzo was known more for cheaper, generic bulk produced wines, however in recent years, Abruzzo has undergone a gradual transition from this type of production to high quality bottled, boutique wines. Perhaps some are unaware that many better - regarded French and Northern Italian wines contain some quantities of wine from this region, since much of its production is still shipped north for blending purposes.

Montepulciano is undoubtedly the region's most characteristic and utilized grape varietal. It is an extremely pleasant red wine and a perfect accompaniment to red meat, in particular, lamb. Montepulciano is often blended with other grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet and this results in exceptional tasting wines.

Many winemakers produce a Montepulciano Riserva, which is aged in oak, full bodied, rightly tannic, fruity and spicy. It is often regarded as being on par if not better than many reds from Tuscany or Piedmont.

A fabulous rosè called Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is also produced from the Montepulciano grape. It is fresh and fruity and an ideal companion to pasta and pizza.

The most famous white grape varietal is Trebbiano, also known as Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. This wine is dry, fresh with a slightly bitter taste and like Montepulciano, was also commonly used as a bulk, table wine in the past. Nowadays it is a high quality boutique wine.

Pecorino and Passerina are other popular white wines from this region.


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