A huge hug from the Apennines
to the sea
A small region with a noteworthy wine output
Lying in central-eastern Italy, Abruzzo is a miniature version of the peninsula, featuring rocky inland areas, rolling hills, and river valleys extending from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast. It serves as a bridge between central and southern Italy, boasting rich biodiversity and heterogeneous cultural, gastronomic, and agricultural heritage. The highest mountains in Central Italy, the Majella and Gran Sasso create a clear climatic division between internal and maritime subzones, and create a complex puzzle of wine terroirs.
The region punches above its small size in terms of viticulture, with red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo being one of Italy’s most important DOC wines. Its potential, however, hasn’t always been exploited to make quality wine: like most regions in Southern and Central Italy, Abruzzo produced – and still produces to a lesser extent – bulk wine shipped north to reinforce other wines. However, the average quality of regional wines has increased considerably in recent years, with large cooperatives producing better wines than ever before, and dozens of talented small producers