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By: Loretta Sebastiani

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Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Vine variety

Montepulciano.

Description

The name Montepulciano means a black-graped vine variety widespread particularly in the central Italy. It's the fourth among the most cultivated vine varieties in Italy. It's one of the most important vine variety together with Sangiovese in this Italian area.

Cultivation area

It is most widely planted in Abruzzi but is common in central and southern Italy.

Synonyms

It may also be called Violone, Cordisco, Uva Abruzzese, Primaticcio, Morellone

Caratteristiche dell'uva.

  • Bunch features: medium-sized, either cone or cylinder-shaped or both, with one or two wings, medium-compacted
  • Grape: medium-sized, ovoid-shaped, with peel covered with abundant bloom, thick and consistent, black and purple-coloured
  • Leaf: medium-sized, five-pointed.

Sensory profile of the wine producted with Montepulciano vine.

Montepulciano vine produces full-bodied but elegant and agreeably scented wines.

  • Colour: ruby red
  • Aroma: fruity with hint of cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon and lightly toasted almond.
  • Taste: nice tannin structure.

Note storiche

The first report of Montepulciano vine variety belongs to 1793 when Michele Torcia wrote a book called "Saggio Itinerario Nazionale pel Paese dei Peligni" (in English: National Itinerary in the Peligni Country). Paese dei Peligni was a geographical area included in Abruzzi. The year before he travelled throughout this area and tasted the wine made with Montepulciano vine and producted in Sulmona. It is unknown how the vine arrived at Sulmona. Professor Franco Cercone speculated about its probable origin from Prugnolo, a vine of Montepulciano municipality in Tuscany. When the vine was brought to Abruzzi its name was changed into Montepulciano according to the habit to name wines and vines after their place of origin.
In any way Montepulciano vine grew in perfect isolation in the Conca Peligna (area of Abruzzo), where it evolved and became a grape with unique characteristics and personality. So nowadays it is considered a native vine of Abruzzo.

Qualche confusione?

Da questo vitigno non si ottiene il Vino Nobile di Montepulciano che è invece un vino toscano ottenuto dal vitigno prugnolo.

DOC e DOCG che contengono questo vitigno

Abruzzo

Molise

  • DOC Biferno Rosato (60 - 70%)
  • DOC Biferno Rosso (60 - 70%)
  • DOC Molise Rosso (85 - 100%)
  • DOC Molise Novello (85 - 100%)
  • DOC Pentro d'Isernia Rosato (45 - 55%)
  • DOC Pentro d'Isernia Rosso (45 - 55%)

Marche

  • DOCG Rosso Conero Riserva (85 - 100%)
  • DOC Rosso Conero (85 - 100%)
  • DOC Esino Rosso (60 - 100% da solo o congiuntamente al Sangiovese)
  • DOC Offida Rosso (50 - 70%)
  • DOC Rosso Piceno - (35 - 70%)

Umbria

  • DOCG Torgiano Rosso Riserva (fino al 10%)
  • DOC Colli Amerini Rosato (0 - 35%)
  • DOC Colli Amerini Rosso (0 - 35%)
  • DOC Colli Martani Sangiovese (0 - 15%)
  • DOC Colli Perugini Rosato (15 - 35%)
  • DOC Colli Perugini Rosso (15 - 35%)
  • DOC Lago di Corbara Rosso (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Rosso Orvietano (0 - 70%)

Lazio

  • DOCG Cesanese del Piglio (0 - 10%)
  • DOC Castelli Romani Rosso (85 - 100%) da solo o congiuntamente a Cesanese, Sangiovese, Merlot, Nero buono
  • DOC Cerveteri Rosato (congiuntamente al Sangiovese min 60% con un minimo del 25% ciascuno)
  • DOC Cerveteri Rosso (congiuntamente al Sangiovese min 60% con un minimo del 25% ciascuno)
  • DOC CEsanese di Affile (0 -10%)
  • DOC Cesanese di Olevano Romano (0 - 10%)
  • DOC Colli della Sabina Rosato (15 - 40%)
  • DOC Colli della Sabina Rosso (15 - 40%)
  • DOC Colli Etruschi Viterbesi Rosso (20 - 45%)
  • DOC Colli Etruschi Viterbesi Violone (85 - 100%)
  • DOC Cori Rosso (40 - 60%)
  • DOC Tarquinia Rosso (congiuntamente al Sangiovese min 60% con un minimo del 25% per ciascun vitigno)
  • DOC Velletri Rosso (30 - 50%)

Puglia

  • DOC Alezio Rosato (0 - 20%)
  • DOC Alezio Rosso (0 - 20%)
  • DOC Brindisi Rosato (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Brindisi Rosso (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Cacc'è Mmitte di Lucera (25 - 35%)
  • DOC Castel del Monte Rosso (65 - 100% da solo o congiuntamente a Uva di Troia e Aglianico)
  • DOC Copertino Rosato (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Copertino Rosso (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Gioia del Colle Rosato (40 - 50%)
  • DOC Gioia del Colle Rosso (40 - 50%)
  • DOC Leverano Rosato (0 - 40%)
  • DOC Leverano Rosso (0 - 40%)
  • DOC Lizzano Rosato (20 - 40%)
  • DOC Lizzano Negro Amaro Rosato (0 - 15%)
  • DOC Lizzano Rosso (20 - 40%)
  • DOC Lizzano Malvasia Nera (0 - 15%)
  • DOC Lizzano Negro Amaro Rosso (0 - 15%)
  • DOC Nardò Rosato (0 - 20%)
  • DOC Nardò Rosso (0 - 20%)
  • DOC Orta Nova Rosato (0 - 40%)
  • DOC Orta Nova Rosso (0 - 40%)
  • DOC Rosso Barletta (0 - 30%)
  • DOC Rosso Canosa (0 - 35%)
  • DOC Rosso di Cerignola (0 - 15%)
  • DOC San Severo (70 - 100%)

 

Last update
04/17/2014

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