Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2018

  • Textbook example of a classically grown grape varietal
  • Dried flowers, spice, liquorice, marasca cherries
  • Opulent fruit. Ideal for roasts, game, strongly flavoured dishes and mature cheese. Meditation wine.
  • 1 or more bottles
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Editors notes

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 centre south Italy. Today, thanks to the passion of some producers and winemakers, the Montepulciano has emerged to the international limelight as one of the best quality red grapes in world.

Ruby red with garnet reflections, intense and persistent fragrance; the bouquet is intense, fruity, persistent, with notes of dried flowers, spice, liquorice, marasca cherries. The palate is stylish, velvety, almost creamy, compact with tannic structure that blends nicely with the alcoholic component. Great structure, complex, elegant, well balanced with a long aftertaste. Opulent fruit.

Ideal for roasts, game, strongly flavoured dishes and mature cheese. Meditation wine.


Tasting Profile

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    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
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Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Red Meat

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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.


Abruzzo is a historic wine region located on the east coast of central Italy that traces its viticultural roots back to the sixth century B.C. when the Etruscans first introduced wine production to the area. However, the region experienced a decline in winemaking for many centuries until around 50 years ago when there was a concerted effort to revive viticulture in this stunning region, which is surrounded by mountains and is home to many national parks and forests.

Although the low hills of Teramo are considered to have the most favorable grape growing conditions, the entire Abruzzo region is blessed with ideal conditions for viticulture. The unique soil structure, rich in various minerals, combined with bountiful sunshine, moderate rainfall, and cool nighttime temperatures, results in grapes bursting with full, rich flavors.

The region is renowned for producing three DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines, including Contro Guerra, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, as well as one DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane, which is considered the pinnacle of quality in the region. The primary grape varieties grown in Abruzzo are the red Montepulciano and white Trebbiano.

Visitors to Abruzzo can indulge in a variety of wine experiences, from tours of vineyards and cellars to tastings of the region's delicious wines. The region is also known for its stunning landscapes, historic towns, and ancient ruins, making it an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. With its rich viticultural history, ideal growing conditions, and exceptional wines, Abruzzo is an undiscovered gem waiting to be explored.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is one of the most widely exported DOC wines in Italy with much of the drinking world enamoured with the dry, soft, rustic reds that originate from there.

As the name suggests, the predominant variety is Montepulciano, though up to 15% Sangiovese is allowed to be added to the blend. If your Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine is labelled as "Riserva" it means the winemaker has aged the wine for a minimum of 2 years before release.

The area itself is in the south of Italy from the Apennines foothills down to a few miles inland from the Adriatic coast. It's one of Italy's most mountainous regions with more than 60% of all Abruzzo being considered mountainous terrain. Some peaks reach as high as 9000 feet above sea level!

Within Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC region there is the smaller Colline Teramane (Teramo hills) DOCG. It covers vineyards planted in Teramo and 30 surrounding communes and was only established as a DOC in 1995 and promoted to DOCG in 2003. Colline Teramane wines have similar rules to the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines, however the wines need to made from a minimum of 90% Montepulciano (maximum of 10% Sangiovese is permitted)

About the brand Tenuta Ulisse

First and foremost, Tenuta Vineyards is about the experience: approaching the tasting room and walking through the door, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special.

Our fun, relaxed atmosphere is ideal for conversation, celebration, enjoying great wines and being with great friends. Whether you’re seeking an intimate, quiet spot for two, or indulging in a group outing with friends, Tenuta’s knowledgeable, outgoing staff will serve you a wine to remember!

Founded in 2006, Tenuta Ulisse is today the symbolic mark of the enological renaissance in Abruzzo. Tenuta Ulisse presents itself as a modern, dynamic winery which values into a new era where it blends modern winemaking technology and the energetic lifestyle of contemporary life expressing the potential and character of the native grapes of Abruzzo. They have developed their own style of operation, and this is reflected in their approach to wine making. The wines are the result of the passion and experience of Antonio and Luigi Ulisse, two brothers dedicated to expressing the potential and character of the region’s wines. Each glass from Tenuta Ulisse’s wine is a journey, an experience that amazes a vision.

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