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.