Abruzzo boasts the title of “Green Region of Europe” it has a unique nature in the world and viticulture has succeeded in modernizing and offering high-quality products.
The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title was created in 1968, and covers a vast area of eastern Abruzzo. It spans all 120km of Abruzzo’s coastline and spreads inland for roughly 32km. Much of western Abruzzo is too mountainous for effective viticulture, so most Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines come from the low hills, plains and coastal areas.
In the late 20th and early 21st century, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine earned a reputation as being one of the most widely exported DOC classed in Italy.
The Montepulciano grape is the 2nd most planted red grape in Italy (after Sangiovese) and has had a reputation for low-priced juicy “pizza-friendly” red wines. Fortunately, there are several producers in Abruzzo that have shown the amazing potential of this grape by producing inky, black-fruit driven, chocolatey wines best enjoyed after 4 or more years of aging
MASCIARELLI Tenute Agricole was established in 1981 from the entrepreneurial intuition of Gianni Masciarelli, a symbol of Italian wine and protagonist of the success of modern wine production in Abruzzo. The beating heart of the winery is in San Martino sulla Marrucina, in the province of Chieti, and includes vineyards and olive groves, in all 4 provinces of Abruzzo.
- Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2015, $15,80 Code 10863774
- Masciarelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2016, $13,60 Code 12635097
Marina Cvetic: At the heart of Masciarelli’s history. The private and professional bond between Gianni and Marina originated this product line bearing her name in 1991. Consisting of 6 references, Marina Cvetic line is characterized by the presence of international grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Marina Cvetic wines have a full body and are very elegant.
- Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo San Martino Rosso Riserva 2014, $29.10 Code 10863766
- Gianni Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015, $19.45 Code 13526298
- Villa Gemma Rosso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2011, $69 Code 11296898