Abruzzo (Abruzzi) | Italy
The Abruzzo (Abruzzi) wine region is located halfway down the Italian peninsula, across the Apennine range east of Rome. Bordered by the Molise wine region to the south, Marche to the north and Lazio to the west, its capital is L’Aquila and its largest city is Pescara.
From its mountainous interior to its Adriatic coastline, Abruzzo is not only a beautifully diverse region, but also a significant producer of wine in terms of volume. It has one DOCG, eight DOCs and eight IGPs. The region has a warm climate and hillside sites that benefit from their proximity to the radiating effect of the sea.
The red Montepulciano grape variety dominates plantings in the region and produces a range of styles from soft, juicy and early drinking, through to intense, chocolatey and powerful. Trebbiano is the regions primary white grape variety. Valuing quality over quantity, the best wine producers are creating fine, often keenly priced wines that offer the freshness, vivacity and lift that has often been lacking in this area.