Wines of Abruzzo
Abruzzo has great natural conditions for producing excellent wines as it has the necessary sun and the humidity from the Adriatic Sea, which also moderates the temperatures. It is the 6th largest producer in Italy by volume.
Abruzzos most famous wine is of course the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with it deep red color, dryness and strong tannins. It ages well and when aged by maker for more than 2 years, often on oak caskets, it is called Riserva. It is classified as DOC, DOCG for wines from Teramo and Colline Teramane for those from Teramo Hills.
The other well known grape from Abruzzo is the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo The grape is one of the most commonly used grape in the world and is known even back in old Roman days. It is fresh and often drunk as a young wine, and served colder than other wines. Some producers have been able to cultivate it to add some complexity.
This a much lesser known wine that we predict will become a favourite. It has a special method of production where the producer separates the wine juice from the skins at an early stage. This results in less color but also less tannins leaving a very fresh and fruity flavour. There are DOCs since 2010 and trying it is a must.
But there are more surprises to be found. One of the biggest so far is the white Pecorino. Fresh, fruity and with nice colours, we think it is better than the Trebbiano. Some Pecorinos have fairly recently started to go on export and with success.
Other surprises are the rosé Cerasuolo (see above), white Fanghina, Chardonnay, Cococciola, Primitivo (local Zinfandel) from neighbouring Puglia etc.
The winemaking business is changing in Abruzzo. Cultivation is going from volume to quality. The old cooperatives as still very large producers and some large successful firms like Farnese and Tullo have seen good growth internationally. But there are also young and exciting wine makers that are willing to test and experiment. The topography with different conditions depending on how far or close the vineyard is from the coast lends to geographical differences and variety. We think Abruzzo wines have a great period the next 5-10 years. We would love to introduce you to the wines of Abruzzo.