Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo See Abruzzo map, ref #2
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1968; the Colline Teramane subzone was established as a separate DOCG in 2003
Vineyard Area: 8,718 ha / 21,530 acres (2014)
Production: 857,500 hl / 9,528,000 cases (2015)
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Montepulciano
Styles and Wine Composition:
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 85% Montepulciano + OANRG
  • Rosso from subzones Alto Tirino and Terre dei Peligni only: Minimum 95% Montepulciano + OANRG
  • Rosso from subzone Casauria only: 100% Montepulciano
  • Rosso from subzones Teate and Terre dei Vestini only: Minimum 90% Montepulciano + OANRG
  • Riserva (Rosso)

Subzones:

  • Alto Tirino
  • Casauria or Terre di Casauria
  • Teate
  • Terre dei Peligni
  • Terre dei Vestini

Significant Production Rules:
  • Maximum vineyard elevation: 500 m (1,640 ft) generally, 600 m (1,970 ft) for vineyards with southern exposure
  • Minimum alcohol level (non-subzone): 12.0% for Rosso; 12.5% for Riserva
  • Minimum alcohol level (subzones): 12.5% for Alto Tirino Rosso, Teate Rosso, Terre dei Peligni Rosso, and Terre dei Vestini Rosso; 13.0% for Casauria Rosso, Alto Tirino Riserva, Teate Riserva, Terre dei Peligni Riserva, and Terre dei Vestini Riserva; 13.5% for Casauria Riserva
  • Aging (non-subzone): For Rosso, minimum approx. 4 months (ERD = March 1, V+1); for Riserva, minimum 24 months, including 9 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+2)
  • Aging (subzones): For Alto Tirino Rosso, minimum 12 months (ERD = November 1, V+1); for Casauria Rosso, minimum 18 months, including 9 months in barrel (ERD = May 1, V+2); for Terre dei Vestini Rosso, minimum 18 months, including 9 months in barrel and 3 months in bottle (ERD = May 1, V+2); for Teate Rosso, minimum 21 months, including 9 months in barrel (ERD = August 1, V+2); for Terre dei Peligni Rosso, minimum 24 months, including 9 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+2); for Casauria Riserva and Terre dei Vestini Riserva, minimum 24 months, including 9 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle (ERD = November 1, V+2); for Alto Tirino Riserva, minimum 30 months (ERD = May 1, V+3); for Teate Riserva and Terre dei Peligni Riserva, minimum 30 months, including 9 months in barrel (ERD = May 1, V+3)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 12/22/2014