Montepulciano, Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
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  1. Poggio Anima 'Samael' Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Doc 2019
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  3. Sogno Di Ulisse Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2018
    Sogno Di Ulisse Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is a wine that has made the history of modern Abruzzo wine-making. Ruby red color with purplish reflections. The nose shows layers of plum and red cherry aromas, with blueberry, blackcurrant and savoury red ... Learn More
  4. Valori Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2016
    Masciarelli Tenute Agricole was established in 1981 from the entrepreneurial intuition of Gianni Masciarelli. Gianni was a believer in the high quality of wines that could come from the diverse regions of Abruzzo, often overlooked by drinkers on the west coast ... Learn More
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  5. Antica Tenuta Pietramore Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOP 2018
    Ruby red in colour with good intensity and garnet hues, on the nose intense and complex with owery notes of red roses, red ripe fruit, redcurrant, blackberry and slight spicy hints. Immediate entry on the palate. soft and quite tannic, ... Learn More
  6. Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2016
    The origin of this grape has always been uncertain. Also students as Molon (1906) classified it as a Sangioveti” variety. Today it is sure that the two grapes have nothing in common. Cultivated mainly in Abruzzo and the other regions of ... Learn More
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  8. Emidio Pepe Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2010
    Clean, fresh and plummy on the nose. The fresh, primary fruit characters are maximised by the fact that it does not age in oak, making it approachable and ready to drink. Well-balanced with good structure and a long finish. ... Learn More
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