Abruzzo region

Italy


This wine region located on the east coast of central Italy has a winemaking tradition that goes back to the sixth century B.C.. It is rumored that Hannibal, when he made his epic journey over the Alps, gave his soldiers Abruzzo wine from Teramo. After its ancient start, the wine industry stagnated in the area until the mid 1900s. For the last 50 years winemaking in Abruzzo has been making a comeback. First the region started with bulk wines, but in recent years it has been producing more quality wines coming from boutique wineries.

Today Abruzzo has about 90,000 acres under vine and is the fifth largest wine region in Italy. The terrain of the region is has both rugged mountains and picturesque coastline on the Adriatic Sea. The majority of the vineyards are located in the hills of the Chieti province, with the rest in Pecara, Teramo and L’Aquila. The most prominent grape varieties are the native red Montepulciano and the white Trebbiano. A few other international varieties also grow in the area such as Chardonnay and Merlot. Most of the Abruzzo red is aged in Oak. We featured the 95 Point rated Attilio Ghisolfi 2007 Barolo from this region in our exclusive Diamond Wine Club. More will follow.