The key grape variety of this world-renowned wine region is Montepulciano. It is important to note that this variety is entirely unrelated to the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany, despite sharing a name. Along with this, 15% of Sangiovese is allowed to be blended into the wine.
The Montepulciano variety has become synonymous with quality, intensity, and ripe red fruit flavors. Generally, the acidity is relatively low, and the tannins are subtle. The wine does, however, offer immense concentration and ageability.
Within the ranks of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wines, producers can also produce a Riserva wine. To qualify for this, the wine must be aged for three years (six months of this in oak barrels) before it can be released.