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Discover Abruzzo Wine

Discover Abruzzo Wine

At Eataly, we want you to get to know the food and drink that inspire us — and that includes wine!

Visit your local wine shop to discover the story of our new favorite appellation each month, along with complimentary tastingspairing suggestions, and 10% off select bottles.

This July, discover one of Italy's most underrated winemaking regions: Abruzzo!*

ABOUT THE ABRUZZO WINE REGION

When it comes to wine, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets! Located in central Italy just south of Umbria, the region offers a rugged, mountainous terrain that is bordered by the Adriatic sea to the east. This climate combined with the fertile hillsides and limestone-rich soils makes it ideal for producing wine.

Much of Abruzzo's inland is covered by national parks and nature reserves, including the Apennine mountains. Covering more than 65% of the entire region, these mountains help temper storms and rain, thus protecting hillside vineyards from gusty winds and floods.

Towards the east, the warm heat from the Mediterranean sun encourages grape development, while the bordering Adriatic sea breeze keeps the vineyards nice and cool.

Abruzzo is comprised of four provinces, all of them able to produce excellent wine. The most renowned province for wine production in Abruzzo is Chieti, the fifth largest winemaking area in all of Italy!

WHAT TYPES OF ABRUZZO WINES ARE THERE? 

While there are several wines hailing from Abruzzo, the most notable ones include: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Cerasuolo.

MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO: A splendid and long-underrated grape variety, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo delivers rich and often complex red wines. This grape variety is produced in all four provinces of Abruzzo, however, the majority of it occurs in Chieti. To be considered DOC (refresh your knowledge of Italian certifications here), it must contain a minimum of 85% Montepulciano grape and up to 15% of Sangiovese grape.

Pair Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with grilled or roasted meats, such as steak, pork, and even lamb, which is commonly enjoyed as arrosticini.

TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO: A white wine appellation, the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo grape produces wines that are golden in color, typically dry but fruit-forward, with a delicate bouquet and a refreshing, crisp acidity. Like Montepulciano, Trebbiano is also produced in all four regions of Abruzzo. To be considered DOC, it must contain at least 85% of the Trebbiano grape.

CERASUOLO: Created in 2010, Cerasuolo is a new Abruzzese rosé wine made with the Montepulciano grape variety.  Typically grown in the province of L'Aquila, Cerasuolo wines tend to be light, vibrant, and fruity. Thanks to a particular winemaking technique employed which reduces the contact time between the grape juice and red grape skins, Cerasuolo boasts a cherry-like color, hence its name which means "cherry" in Italian.

Ready to sip your way to Abruzzo?

BRING IT HOME WITH 10% OFF

At all Eataly USA wine shops, we've lined our shelves with new bottles from Abruzzo. From July 2 through the 29, enjoy 10% off a selection of our favorites!

Find your local wine shop to discover more information about complimentary tastings, hours, and beyond. We'll cheers to that: salute!

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