Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Characteristics of the vine:

The grape has found wide spread in Abruzzo and along the Adriatic coast.

Ampelographic characteristics: variety is fairly even, differential characters relate to the shape of the bunch, the presence of millerandage green, ripening period and the organoleptic characteristics of the product. Wide bud apex, cottony, tomentose on the underside. Medium leaf, pentagonal, five lobes, very dark green colour, plan flap on the underside. Petiole sinus at lira closed or tending to close. Medium cluster, more or less compact, cylindrical-conical, often winged. Medium berry, black-purplish, shut not too easy; thick skin, waxy; juicy flesh, slightly pink, simple taste.

Cultural attitudes: vine vigor medium-good with semi-erect bearing of vegetation; average branch internode rather short and balanced vegetation. It prefers deep medium consistency, medium clayey-calcareous and well exposed in areas further north of culture; requires hot and dry climates tend to adjust ripening grapes.

Training and pruning: types of farming requires not too much expanded and pruning medium-Court. Adapts to the full mechanization as long as certain environmental conditions are met, especially in the more northerly areas of the crop area.

Time of bud burst: long.

Ripening: mid-late.

Production: medium-good and fairly constant both in form in severe pruning and medium to long. Susceptibility to disease and adversity: a little sensitive to mildew, all subject to millerandage green. Good resistance to frost.

Oenological potential: it gives a wine of intense ruby red color, characteristic aroma, vinous, dry, fruity, tannic acid, with good body, velvety, properly alcoholic. From white wine you get a great, tangy, fruity, very pleasant rosé.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo