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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, ...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Casal Thaulero

    Established 300 years ago, following the merrige of a young Duchess to a neighbouring Lord; the...

  • Quattro Mani

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

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  • 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 Montepulciano di Abruzzo Riserva 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Very good, dry, light red bursting with red fruit Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Barone di Valforte Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    A simple and straight forward wine. Closed nose that seemed to open up and be more aromatic the second day (wine was pumped). Blackberry notes, fresh earth/brambles, and lots of acid. Tannin came across as slightly edgy. Somewhat bitter on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Nicodemi Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Italy White 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    My first Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, was purchased at Trader Joe's. Slightly transparent in the glass and deep ruby in color. Red fruit on the nose. Lots of red fruit in the mouth with lots of acidity and has no sign of tannins. Not complex but easy to drink and enjoy. General thoughts; kissing cousin to Barbera and Beaujolais. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Canaletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2004

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    bold and smooth, with a hint of pepper and oak. less fruit than I normally prefer, but very nice paired with steak. Read More

    Wine review by N S


  • Marchesi de Cordano Montepulciano Dabruzzo Aida 2009

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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008

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    Nice structure, dried fruits, oak/leather, backed by moderate tannins. Nice concentration/intensity of flavor. Paired well with lamb sausage/broccoli rabe/tomatoes and pasta. Read More

    Wine review by higdog


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