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Abruzzo & Le Marche stretch along the Adriatic coast of central Italy producing wines of warmth and an approachable nature.

 From its mountainous interior to its Adriatic coastline, Abruzzo is not only a beautifully diverse region, but also a significant producer of wine in terms of volume. The region has a warm climate and hillside sites that benefit from their proximity to the radiating effect of the sea. The red Montepulciano variety dominates here and produces a range of styles from soft, juicy and early drinking, through to intense, chocolatey and powerful. Valuing quality over quantity, the best producers are creating fine, often keenly priced wines that offer the freshness, vivacity and lift that can be lacking in this area. In 2003, the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG was introduced for Montepulciano grapes grown in the hills surrounding Teramo in the northern part of the region.

Le Marche stretches down the east or Adriatic coast of Italy, from north of Pesaro to south of Ascoli Piceno. Further inland, its hilltop towns, especially the magnificent Urbino, have a Tuscan or Umbrian air. This region includes wines such as Verdicchio, Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. The predominant grape varieties here are Montepulciano, often with Sangiovese, and Verdicchio, Trebbiano and Malvasia. Montepulciano produces wines which are distinctly different from Sangiovese. Deep coloured, with a soft, ripe, peppery, often chocolatey fruit character, they are more Rhoneish in style, with a lower acidity and less tannin than Sangiovese.