Abruzzo: sea and mountains make for a great terroir
Abruzzo, its people and also its wine are often referred to as “Forte e gentile”. Strong and gentle. Wine-wise, this corresponds to Abruzzo’s two major grapes: the red Montepulciano and the white Trebbiano.
Montepulciano covers 57% of the vineyards, while Trebbiano represents 29%. A few other grape varieties make the rest, including Pecorino, Cococciola and Sangiovese.
Two major DOPs cover the region’s quality wines, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC. Producers label the greatest renditions of the red grape under Abruzzo’s only DOCG, Colline Teramane Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG.
Get to know the inky, rustic and medium-bodied Montepulciano wines with a glass of Ausonia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC “Apollo” 2017. And try the grape at its fullest expression with the towering Ausonia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG “Nostradamus.”
The fresh, fruit-forward white wines are perfect pairings with seafood. Try the flowery Ausonia Pecorino d’Abruzzo DOC 2017 “Machaon.”
Abruzzo is gaining notoriety for its rosé wines too, locally called Cerasuolo for the wine’s ruby hues reminiscent of cherries. Enjoy them with a bottle of Ausonia Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC “Apollo.”