Drink like an Italian

Abruzzo Red Wine

The Abruzzo Red wine for excellence is the “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo” which has nothing to envy to some Italian reds from Piedmont and Tuscany sold at stratospheric prices.

Abruzzo’s very best will rarely set you back more than €30 and the quality is as much superb.

If you’re planning your holiday starting from the November the 11th (S. Martino the patron saint of wine), you’ll have the chance to take part to some festivals that celebrate the arrival of the new season’s red wine, Vino Novello.

This is a lightweight wine with low alcohol content and a delicate aroma made with several grape varieties and particular fermentation process that is not available for export or selling, so you won’t really find it outside Italy.

In a good year, Vino Novello offers delicious, fruit-driven wines. Its arrival also coincides with new season olive oil and the chestnut harvest; if you’re a wine lover, or you enjoy harvesting olives or eat freshly baked bread dipped in olive oil just squeezed, it’s definitely worth booking your holidays here!

Abruzzo White Wine

If we should go with a mathematic equation, we could say that Montepulciano D’Abruzzo stays to Abruzzo red wine as Trebbiano d’Abruzzo stays to Abruzzo white wine.

Trebbiano wine is as good as a hot-weather bottle if you could find one: with a pleasant aroma, characterized by a bright yellow colour, Trebbiano is a crisp, fruity, dry and refreshing wine, especially when chilled.

It isn’t quaffed in great quantities as Montepulciano, thus meaning that you can enjoy a good Trebbiano bottle starting from as little as €5, for a wine which vintage is within a year or two.

For those who believe that Trebbiano is the only white wine that Abruzzo has to offer, discovering Pecorino – a rapidly rising star among Abruzzo’s whites – will be a surprise. In our opinion this is the best white wine ever the region has to offer, as it remarks flavour and character at every sip.

Although the yet limited production, Pecorino is not new to Abruzzo wine heritage as its grape variety has been rescued from the brink of extinction in the mid-1990s.

Abruzzo Pink Wine

To complete the Abruzzo wine overview, we couldn’t speak about the Pink wine. Delicious cherry-coloured and ripe-flavoured wine, the Pink wine is a joyous and fresh reminder of the Italian sun, an ideal match for prawns with garlic and herbs, or a lovely aperitif.

There are two distinct versions, the Cerasuolo (referred by Americans as blush wine) and the Rosato. The first one is made by allowing the skins of the red Montepulciano grape to have a brief contact with the juice produced immediately after pressing the grape.

The rosato on the other end is real blending obtained by mixing together red and white grape varieties.