To the east of Rome, you will find an Italian wine region sandwiched between the Adriatic coastline and the Apennine Mountains known as Abruzzo. The area is remarkably beautiful with nature reserves and steeped in history with medieval hilltop towns which overlook the enthralling scenery below.
The Abruzzo region of Italy has everything ones heart could desire. Sandy beaches, stunning lakes, and skiing in winter. This lush, green and varied environment has the perfect terroir for growing grapes that flourish under the Tuscan sun and help to produce the delicious varietals of Montepulciano we can enjoy today.
Thanks to the mountains and high altitudes, the temperatures are moderated, helping to provide the perfect mesoclimate for the vineyards in this Italian region.
This is a wine lovers paradise because it is home to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo white wine, among others produced in the Abruzzo wine region in Italy. It is a magical place to go on a wine tasting tour.
The story of winemaking in Abruzzo
Winemaking in Abruzzo dates back to the 6th century and was introduced by the Etruscans. It is thought that viticulture may actually date as far back as the 4th century when a sweet wine was possibly produced.
After this time, winemaking went into decline for a long time in the Abruzzo region, but thanks to a renaissance in the past few decades, winemaking has made a strong return and put the Italian treasure on the map for viticulture once more.
The future of Abruzzo winemaking
Italy is a leading light in producing organic wines, and this is another reason why the wines are doing so well in Europe, the US and Canada. As people realise we need to protect the planet and consider the quality of the products we consume, organic wines are becoming ever more popular.
The Abruzzo Italian wine region is now focused on quality over quantity. It is producing superior quality wines, which is being fuelled by investment in the area and more boutique wine producers nurturing the grapes and the brand, which shows in the wine now being sent out into the world. As more of these top-quality wines hit the market, a greater number of people will discover more about the Abruzzo region and will likely want to visit, which could help further enhance this remarkably beautiful and fascinating area by increasing tourism and also investment.