Thirty grapes in thirty days: Montepulciano

Woman with glass of wine in the vineyard.

Montepulciano is a medieval hill town in southern Tuscany, Italy. Montepulciano is also a dark, inky red grape most famously grown on the east coast region of Italy called Abruzzo.

Montepulciano is commonly known in Abruzzo as the mountain wine. The terrain in which it is grown and the altitude at which each grape is grown affects the style of each Montepulciano vineyard. As well as being a varietal, this grape works fantastically in a blend, particularly with Sangiovese. See our Madregale Organic Rosso for a lively red that certainly won’t break the bank.

Marlborough, New Zealand also gives Abruzzo a good run for their money when it comes to the Montepulciano grape. The Framingham vineyard is a boutique winery with a simple philosophy, ‘they make wine that they love’ and Framingham Montepulciano is a perfect example.

Dark juicy grapes with notes of tobacco, oak, dark chocolate and rich berry are typical characteristics of a Montepulciano. The wines will have silky tannins making this an easy-drinking wine. Average ABV for a classic Montepulciano is 13.5%. This is a great wine that pairs well with chunky red casseroles, strong cheese and baked halibut steaks.

 

 

by Rebekah Hilton

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