Abruzzo

Abruzzo

Abruzzo is located on the east side of Italy along the Adriatic coast. It is mostly red wines with the renowned Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that are grown here. The very first person who spoke about red wines from Abruzzo was probably the Greek historian Polibio, who after Hannibal's victory at Cannae (216 B.C.) praised the wines of Abruzzo since they had "healed the wounded and put power in men." With the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Apennin mountain ranges in the west, Abruzzo can be divided into two areas; the interior and mountain dressed part with continental climate, which represents 65% of the surface. Then the coastal strip with its milder climate. The wine production has been rationalized the past half century and the more or less inaccessible mountain areas have been abandoned in favor of areas along the coast. Furthermore, the focus has been given to the Montepulciano grapes which today represent 70% of all the plantings and are used to the already mentioned Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, but also to the Cerasuola wines. Also white wines are produced here, the most famous is the Trebbiano d'Abbruzo made from Trebbiano and Bombino grapes.

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