About the Region
Located on the East coast of Italy, officially in the South of Italy, on a map it’s more central. While the wines made in the region immediately to the North (Marche) are predominantly white, the Abruzzo is definitely more red wine orientated.
A vast majority of the wine produced is sold in bulk to other wine regions in Italy, such as Tuscany and the Veneto, however the most famous wine from the region is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC which is made from the Montepulciano grape – it’s the fifth most widely planted red grape in Italy.
The most common white variety in the region is Trebbiano.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Noble wine of Montepulciano – Montepulciano in this case being a town in Tuscany) which is produced from Sangiovese.
Almost half of the region is designated as either national parks or as nature reserves, and as such is known as ‘the greenest region in Europe’.