Grape Of The Week: Montepulciano

Not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Montepulciano the grape hails from central and southern Italy. A round, medium-bodied red grape, best known as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, that has delicious tannins and balanced acidity. The Italian grape delivers complex notes of red plum, blackberry, dried thyme, and baking spices, with a smoky finish. This grape sings when paired with beef tacos, meat lovers pizza, baked mac and cheese, and black bean burgers. 

Montepulciano wines

Italy’s second most planted grape, Montepulciano also produces great wines when blended with other varietals. The most successful blend being Montepulciano and Sangiovese, as they’re closely related and enhance each other's profile. Montepulciano and Syrah are a more modern blend that tend to have more dark and jammy fruit notes. 

Scope out all things Montepulciano:

Arboreto Montepulciano Magnum 2020

Gurrieri Don Vice Cerasuolo 2016

Italo Pietrantonj Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018

Matthiasson Family Tendu Red 2019

Torre dei Beati Cerasuolo "Ros-ae" 2021

Villamedoro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019

Grape Photo Courtesy of UC Davis