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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.”


Straw-yellow colour, fruity and floral scent, intense and persistent. Taste fresh, dry, velvety with hints of pineapple and apple, soft and persistent.

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Intense aromatic notes of prune, bitter cherry, liquorice and warm spice combine in unison with delicate vanilla, coffee, chocolate and balsamic overtones. Full-bodied and balanced on the palate, with charmingly structured tannins and a bold yet elegant finish.


This wine is ruby red with garnet highlights. Bright aromas of juicy red berries and plum are married by hints of vanilla. On the palate, it is full-bodied with silky tannins and a long, elegant finish.


This wine is straw yellow in colour with greenish highlights. It is lightly spiced on the nose from the partial oak ageing which gives way to a fine, floral and ripe citrus fruit character on the palate. On the palate, the wine has good length with ripe pear characters continuing through to the finish.


Intense, clean and attractive aromas of black cherry, blueberry, plum and violet with almond flowers and walnut husks. Good body, well balanced, nice supple tannins, finish is persitant with flavors of black cherry and plum.


A fabulous red ruby color with garnet highlights, this Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is intense and persistent, with spicy aromas, hints of chocolate and tar. The dominant flavor however, on both the nose and palate, is the copious fruit. This wine boasts good structure, tannins and a reassuring balance.


A lively wine with vibrant aromas of citrus, apple and tropical fruit. Dry, refreshing and deliciously balanced, with a creamy texture and a lifted citrus fruit finish.


This wine is straw yellow in colour with a clean, intense perfume of fresh yellow plums and medlar, along with floral aromas of orange blossom. Nicely balanced on the palate, it is lively, with peachy fruit and a citrus twist on the finish.


Generous aromas of red berries, wild strawberries and delicate hints of oak and liquorice are echoed on the palate. A soft and approachable style of wine, which is well structured and beautifully balanced.


Deep ruby red wine with aromas of red berries, blackberries and black cherry. Generously flavoured and pleasantly dry with a hint of liquorice on the palate, the soft tannins are well-balanced and lead to a satisfying finish.


A ruby red Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with reflections of garnet. On the nose and palate this wine is intense, peristent and fruity. The fruits range from hints of red fruit to dark, with marasca cherry and prunes leading the way, while a delightful complexity is brought to the drinker through hints of spice and vanilla. It is full-bodied, round and soft but with a balancing freshness and bright tannins.