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The Abruzzi (a.k.a. Abruzzo) region of Italy is situated halfway up the “boot,” facing the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Appenine mountains to the west. Though on a map the area looks to be centrally located, it is has historically been considered part of the southern territory. The name derives from Listitieratu Aprutii, the name chosen by 12th century Emperor Frederick I, who founded the Kingdom of Southern Italy. Territorial claim passed through the centuries from Spain to Austria and then Napoleon’s French empire, ending in 1860 with Giuseppe Garibaldi’s victory that finally united Italy. 
 
But let’s time travel a bit back to the Etruscan era around 6th century BC. Polytheism begs for wine, and there was much of it flowing in ancient Abruzzi. The vineyards were concentrated mainly in the Peligna Valley near what is now modern day L’Aquila. One of the favored wines was a sweet Moscato-based wine called Apianae. It has been said that soldiers Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

    History of the grape: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the town of Abruzzo,...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • Quattro Mani

    Quattro Mano is a new wine collaboration between good friends Philippe Morin, Tony Carapetis and ...

  • Azienda Agricola Masciarelli

    San Martino sulla Marrucina is a little centuries-old village of just one thousand inhabitants...

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  • Campirosa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo Doc. Dino Illuminati 2012

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    I stumbled across this in a wine shop and bought two bottles. I am a big fan of rose' wine in the summer, because I like a chilled wine with a little more structure. It's rare to find Cerasuolo where I live. The wine is fruity, with lovely berry flavors but with some bitter almond too. Drank it with some fairly salty pasta and it was perfect. Read More

    Wine review by bropaul


  • Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vigna le Coste 2007

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    Wine review by Marin Danicic


  • Terre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    A bit stinky and reductive on the nose with a meaty, barnyardy character. Soft and voluptuous in the mouth though not heavy, this is a simple and slipy rustic, though not rough wine. Short and a bit coarse on the finish. Theres not much fruit here and in fact not much to like. 75pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Showing its age with notes of dried herbs and coffee grinds on the nose, lots of coffee in fact. Smooth, soft and at first easy going, this perks up a bit on the palate with some blue and raspberry flavors adding a bit of interest in the mouth. The acidity is a touch soft, and the tannins a bit soft but this has some fruit and savory notes on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Montepulciano D Abruzzo Sciarpa 2010

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    Rather animale and wildly herbal on the nose which shows the gamier more herbal nature of the grape. A bit lean on the palate with the fruit obviously fading. This relies on its acid today with the tannins also having softened and while there are attractive wild berry, berry black, black currant and aromatic herb notes on the backend, this comes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montepulciano D Abruzzo Sciarpa 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Capestrano Montepulciano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    A bit buttery and a bit acetic on the nose with aromas that are slightly earthy and flat. This is simple and fresh in the mouth with a delicate texture that is lean and very pretty. A simple wine that delivers attractive black berry inflected cherry fruit with juicy acids and taut little tannins with a modest finish. This could take a bit of a c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Capestrano Montepulciano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Wine review by mark


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