Abruzzo

A huge hug from the Apennines
to the sea

Abruzzo
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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

Abruzzo in a Nutshell
  • Area: 10.831 km² (5th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 65%
  • Hill: 34%
  • Plain: 1%
  • Highest peak: Gran Sasso, (2.914 mt)
  • Population: 1.3 mil (6,2%)
  • Provinces: L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, Chieti.
Gran Sasso, Abruzzo, Italy
The city of L’Aquila
Abruzzo in a Nutshell
  • Abruzzo is a mostly mountainous region yet the vast majority of the vineyards lie in the hilly belt facing the Adriatic sea. Coastal towns like Ortona and Tollo house one of the largest concentrations of vineyards in Italy (over 25 hectares per sqkm).
  • A consistent proportion of the regional vineyards is trained with the pergola abruzzese system, which allows the vines to grow about 2 meters above the ground on a hut-shaped structure. In the past, this used to be considered a counterproductive method for quality production, yet its shading effect allows to defy some of the challenges arising from global warming.
  • Unlike most Italian regions, which house dozens of different grapes, Abruzzo mainly focuses on Montepulciano, Trebbiano and Pecorino, which have proved especially adaptable to different growing conditions.
  • Cooperatives dominate production in Abruzzo, gathering thousands of small growers who own tiny plots of land.
  • The province of Chieti houses 75% of the regional surface under vine. In fact, this is where the largest cooperatives are headquartered.
  • 58% of the production is red and rosè wine and 42% is white.
 

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Wine areas

Explore Abruzzo's Wine Heritage: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane, Terre Tollesi/Tullum DOCGs, and Unique DOCs

Grapes

Discover Abruzzo's wines: the crisp Trebbiano white, the unique Cerasuolo rosé from Montepulciano grapes, and the robust Montepulciano reds, each a testament to the region's rich winemaking heritage

Wineries

Discover Abruzzo's Wineries: Emphasis on Montepulciano & Trebbiano Grapes, Along with Unique Rosé and Red Wines

Travel

Discover the Majesty of Abruzzo: From the Peaks of Gran Sasso to the Tranquility of Punta Aderici Reserve

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