The Elegance of Montepulciano Wine

Highly regarded for its flavour and moderately high acidity, Montepulciano is a versatile Italian red wine that pairs with game meats and pizza. Strong and vibrant in colour, aroma, and taste, Montepulciano styles are fairly consistent with aromatic earthy notes.

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The Flavours of Montepulciano

Montepulciano wine is the product of a bold, red grape of the same name that traces its origins to the Abruzzo wine country. Typically aged for a period of two years by the vintner and sold as a Riserva to draw out the renowned Montepulciano flavour and aroma, this wine features strong herb and tobacco notes. Combined with its moderately high acidity and medium to strong tannins, oak-aged Montepulciano adds woody and dark berry flavours to a strongly fruity profile. Other flavours that punctuate the flavour of this gamey, earthy wine include cocoa, vanilla, and liquorice.
Pair Montepulciano with aged strong cheese

The Truly Global Montepulciano

Though a staple product of Abruzzo, other Montepulciano regions such as Molise and Marche produce carefully controlled interpretations of this well-revered wine. Consequently, Montepulciano wine is also produced as a rosé wine without oak aging through a process that moderates the acidity to better express the wine’s fruity flavours of sour cherry, raspberry, and red plum. However, traditional Montepulciano d’Abruzzo carries with it the flavour, strength, and richness of a highland wine that is best served with herbed game meat, roasted vegetables, and well-aged chesses such as cheddar and Parmesan. In Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is also known for its pairing with meaty pizza and is the stock vintage in the region’s finest pizzerias.