The people of Abruzzo are especially proud of their red wines, which are made mainly from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes.
The wines of the Abruzzo region have been known since antiquity: they were ordered to their feasts by Roman patricians. According to legend, the horses of Hannibal (216 g. BC. E.) It was possible to cure Abruzzo from scabies with wine: animals simply bathed in it.
Local winemakers regularly mention this — and, apparently, this fact should somehow inspire wine gourmets.
The people of Abruzzo are especially proud of their red wines, which are made mainly from grape varieties Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (this name has nothing to do with the Tuscan town of Montepulciano).
However, white wines The region is excellent for local coastal cuisine.
Red wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with the status of DOC — one of the best-selling Italian wines in the world, it is juicy and generous, with a strong structure and an abundance of fruit tones.
Wine with an indication of the variety can be produced in all four provinces of the region, by law it is enough to have 85% of Montepulciano grapes in the wine.
The region’s special pride is wine Colline teramane with DOCG status.
This is the same Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, only the title grape variety in it must be at least 90%, and the production region covers thirty communes in the province of Teramo.
Montepulciano grapes also make pleasant rosé wines with rich color — cerazolo d’Abruzzo (Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC).
Fans of white wines will find in Abruzzo fresh, drinkable and, as a rule, quite simple. Trebiano d’Abruzzo (Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC), which is particularly well suited to local coastal cuisine.
The main composition of the wine is the varieties of trembiano abruzzetse, bombino bianco and trembiano tuscano, which can be used separately or mixed together (they must be at least 85% of the grapes used).
Another local appellation — Controguerra doc, which combines red and white wines, which can be still and sparkling (spumante).
For each of these types of wine, its own rules for grape varieties are adopted; the unifying factor for the geographical designation is the location of the wine production in the vicinity of the municipality of Controguerra.
You can try a lot of different wines and get acquainted with the richest and lightest of them by going on one of the main wine roads of Abruzzo — Controguerra, Colline del Ducato, Colline Aprutine, Tremonti e Valle Peligna.
Abruzzo is famous not only for its wines, but also for the liqueur produced here. Centerba strength of 70 ° and above, which is obtained by distilling medicinal herbs (centerba — “one hundred herbs”).
This liqueur was invented by pharmacist Benjamin Toro at the beginning of the 19th century and was used first as a medicine. However, over time, lovers began to attach to him not only and not so much for medical purposes, but for pleasure.
If you want to get acquainted with this liqueur, but you are afraid to drink such a fortress, you should like coffee and pastries, which add a few drops. Centerba.