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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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  • Trebbiano

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

  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Abruzzi

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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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Abruzzi on Snooth

  • 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


  • 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


  • Cantina Zaccagnini Rose 2011

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    Jammy black berry fruits and a little forest floor greet the nose followed by hints of peppery beef jerky and dried cranberries. Polished in the mouth, this lacks a bit of oomph when it comes to the nice if subtle array of wild berry and slightly balsamic flavors. The acid is well covered and the tannins sufficiently sweet and supporting the mod... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Arboreto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Very pretty on the nose with hints of blue fruit, dried flowers, a bit of a meaty edge and some peppery background notes. Focused in direct in the mouth, this shows off early flashes of blue fruits before settling down with some spicy black berry and black plum flavors. its in a leaner style with good acids and soft tannins, but what is really a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Grapey and fresh on the nose with hints of balsamic herbs and blackberry fruit showing streaks of dark, oily minerals. medium plus bodied and rather raw on entry, this shows off bright acids and small if stiff tannins on the palate supporting lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit. Theres a touch of extra weight here that should resolve with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    A touch stemmy on the nose which shows a hint of pencil lead and quite perfumed bay leaf aromas. Smooth, a touch matte and with a hint of richness on the palate, this delivers a nice mouthful of slightly spicy black cherry fruit supported by lovely austere little tannins. Its not a complex wine but one that shows off good purity and intensity to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Italo Pietrantonj Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Dark, leathery and spicy on the nose with hints of paprika and caraway adding details. This smells like Goulash. Smooth and focused in the mouth with more cut that one typically finds in Montepulciano. The palate is lively and transparent with light fruit that sits firmly in the dry, black end of the spectrum. The acid is well integrated here an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    Showing hints of evolution on the nose, this displays subtle fruit framed with hints of forest floor, mushrooms, and candied red cherries. Smooth and bright on entry, this is admirably broad on the palate while remaining transparent with lovely softening tannins supporting earthy and everso leathery dried strawberry and cherry fruit on the palat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Earthy and powerful on the nose with deep balsamic. black cherry, and slate aromas dusted with paprika. Rich and smooth with lovely notes of ink and arugula on entry followed by delicate blue and black fruits. The tannins here are remarkably well managed, present but rounded and while the acidity is a bit on the low side this remains fresh enoug... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Visconti Della Rocca Riserva 2010

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    Wine review by CageyT


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