Montepulciano grape

Montepulciano grape

Montepulciano grape at the base of the reds of central Italy

Grapes of this type have been known since ancient times. The wine obtained is pleasant and easy to drink, despite the fact that it has a good alcohol content. The bunch is medium large, winged and conical in shape. The skin is thick and releases many pigments during winemaking. Together with Sangiovese it is the most cultivated red grape variety. It adapts well to the climate of central Italy, as it has a late ripening. In fact, it manages to have a good sugar content only towards the first week of October. Growing this vine in cold climates would be impossible. The vine, however, has great vigor and adapts well to medium-textured soils. Soils without water drainage are not suitable for this vine. The exposure must be to the south-east in order to catch the last autumn sun rays.

Nobile di Montepulciano wine

The Montepulciano grape together with the Sangiovese one cover a good part of the Italian territory ranging from Tuscany and Puglia. Until the 19th century they were confused due to the similarity of the most salient features. Therefore, it was decided to do in-depth studies to give a clear distinction to the grapes. Very often, even today, there is a tendency to confuse the Nobile di Montepulciano wine with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It is thought that given the homonymy with the Tuscan town, the wine is made with grapes of this vine. In reality, the Nobile wine is based on Sangiovese. The Montepulciano grape, on the other hand, is the basis of great red wines from the Marche and Abruzzo. In the Marche two great DOCGs have this vine as their basis: Offida DOCG and Rosso Conero DOCG. In Abruzzo, however, this type of grape is used for the Montepulciano DOCG Colline Teramane.

Offida Rosso and Rosso Conero

The red Offida is produced from Montepulciano grapes in minimum percentages of 85% in the southern area of ​​the Marche, precisely between Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. The climate is almost Mediterranean with summers that are hot but not sultry and winters that are not too cold. The soils have good water drainage thanks to an accentuated slope. According to the disciplinary, the wine must be aged for 24 months, 12 of which passed in cask. The color is intense ruby ​​red which turns towards garnet as it ages. The aromas are complex, ethers that recall morello cherry, chocolate and licorice. The flavor is soft and dry. The minimum alcoholic strength is 13%. Rosso Conero, on the other hand, is produced in the province of Ancona. Since 2004 it has received DOCG recognition. The wine has a beautiful deep ruby ​​red due to the consistency of the skin. The scents are particularly intense of ripe red fruit, licorice and tobacco. The taste is complex with a particular final persistence.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

This wine has origins that are lost in time. The vinification of grapes was already carried out at the time of the Romans. The troops were invigorated with this wine loaded with extracts. The vine is grown throughout the region. Here he finds ideal conditions for the full expression of his character. Upon visual examination it shows a beautiful deep ruby ​​with violet reflections. The scents are typical of the grape. Marasca cherry, tobacco and licorice are clearly revealed. On the palate, tannins are present in good quantity but not aggressive. Softness and complexity entice the palate. The Colline Teramane sub-area in 2011 obtained DOCG recognition. A particularly suitable area where Montepulciano grapes are harvested and softly pressed. The wine must be aged for at least 24 months.

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