Getting to Know
Montepulciano (maan-tuh-pul-chee-aa-now) is both a grape as well as a town in southern Tuscany, though the two are not connected.
Montepulciano grape is best-known for wines from Southern Italy’s Abruzzo, Marche, and Molise regions; the Montepulciano grape is not even grown in the town of Montepulciano.
Note that there is a Montepulciano DOC and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG connected to the Tuscan town of the same name. These wines are made of Sangiovese and not the Montepulciano grape.
Dominant flavors include black fruits, sour cherry, and red plum with subtle notes of oregano, pepper, and tobacco.
Montepulciano wines are much-loved for their bold colors and soft flavors with subtle tannins and low acidity. These medium-bodied wines are not typically ageworthy, however use of oak to build up structure works does yield longer lasting and richer Montepulciano wine.
In addition to single varietal wines, Montepulciano blends well with other varieties, most notably Sangiovese.
WHERE TO FIND THE Montepulciano Grape
The Montepulciano grape is primarily grown in the Italian wine regions of Abruzzo, Marche, Molise, and even Puglia. Outside of Italy, Argentina, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia are producing it in very small quantities.
When is the Right Mood for Montepulciano Wine?
HOW TO ENJOY Montepulciano WINE
Montepulciano food pairing
Rich, savory foods pair well with Montepulciano’s strong herbal, tobacco flavors and grippy tannins. Beef brisket, roasted gamey meats and vegetables, and pizza are great pairs.
Practical Tips for Montepulciano Wine
Glassware: Red wine glass.
Shelf life: Most Montepulciano wine should be consumed within a year or two, but more rich expressions benefit from holding for four+ years.
Bottle Prices: The average bottle cost between $10 – $20.