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Montepulciano


International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional


Montepulciano's popularity has been surging in recent years. In the east-central Italian province Abruzzo, the wine grape is so popular that it is referred to as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It is rarely blended, especially in Abruzzo, where the wine must be at least 90% Montepulciano and is often more. Montepulciano wine is fruity and dry with soft tannins, and usually lacks aging potential. Montepulciano has been introduced to Australia, where winemakers are apparently having success with the grape.