Not to be confused with Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, a Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany, Montepulciano is a prolific grape planted widely throughout central Italy, particularly in the Abruzzi and the Marches. The best wines come from vineyards planted along the Adriatic, especially the Abruzzi regions of Teramo and Pescara.

As a late ripening grape, Montepulciano benefits from hot summers that enable the grapes to reach full maturity. Montepulciano produces deeply colored wine with a soft, round texture and flavors of blueberry, plum, and blackberry. It can be lush, jammy and somewhat rustic, but with a richness and mid-palate that belie its affordable price tag. From better sites and with controlled yields, Montepulciano has gained recognition as much more than just a great value.

Made with this varietal: Palio