Montepulciano

Name of varietal: Montepulciano

Common synonyms: Cordisco, Cordiscio, Cordisio, Morellone, Primaticcio, Primutico

Parentage of the grape: indigneous to Abruzzo, Italy

History of the grape: Let’s first clear up some confusion: Montepulciano is a grape. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from the grape, in the region of Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also a village in Tuscany, that happens to be nowhere near where the grape is grown. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the name of a wine that has absolutely no Montepulciano in it (it’s Prugnolo Gentile, the local name for Sangiovese). So why is a grape named for a village so far away from where it’s actually grown? No one knows.

What we do know is that Montepulciano, the grape, can be traced back to the region for centuries, with written history in 1793 making reference to it in the Abruzzo village of Sulmona. It had been commercially for at least 200 years before finally becoming the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Read more »

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