This native red variety, not to be confused with the similarly named Tuscan wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which is made from predominantly Sangiovese and named after the village of Montepulciano, grows in Central and Southern Italy, mainly in the Abruzzo and Marche regions. It is rarely found in northern Italy because the grape tends to ripen late, and can be too herbaceous if harvested too early.
Montepulciano is a plump, juicy grape with highly pigmented skin, which produces deep, rich-colored wines. Medium-bodied, these wines have moderate acidity and ripe tannins, with red-fruit and vegetal flavours.
Montepulciano is grown everywhere in Abruzzo, where its most famous wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, is produced. This grape is also used in the Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo rosé.