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Know Your Variety - Montepulciano

Australian Montepulciano Infographic guide

Adam Walls cuts through the confusion about Montepulciano, the dark, brooding Italian Red wine that’s going great guns in Australia

Besides being tricky to pronounce, Montepulciano is one of the more complicated grapes. You see, there's an Italian town called Montepulciano, which produces a wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But, this wine is mostly made from Sangiovese , and doesn't actually include any of the Montepulciano grape!

A Quick Guide to Montepulciano

Montepulciano InfographicThe most famous examples of Montepulciano (the actual wine) come from the Italian region of Abruzzo, but it's planted throughout much of central and southern Italy, but nowhere near the town of the same name.

Thankfully, as a grape grown in Australia, it's much more straightforward and in true Aussie style, we've taken away the pronunciation problem by shortening it to 'Monte'.

In its very short lifespan here in Australia, Monte is starting to win international acclaim. Last year, at the International Wine Competition in London , for the first time, Gold medals were given to Montes outside of Italy and they were won by two Australian wines - Bird in Hand and Mr Riggs.

Origins

Montepulciano wine origins in Abruzzo ItalyAs I mentioned, Montepulciano is most famously made under the DOC of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo . A producer called Aziendo Agricola Valentini produces Italy's most renowned expression - it's like the Penfolds Grange of Monte - having taken it from a quaffing red to a serious, thrilling wine.

Australia Regions for Montepulciano

Monte has had success in our warmer and cooler climates, possibly because it's a relatively late ripening variety. Also, like Shiraz , it's hardy, disease-resistant and can handle the heat and the cold. Look out for examples from Adelaide Hills , Barossa Valley and Riverland .

Montepulciano Tasting Notes

Monte's appeal lies in its beautifully generous fruit, including red plum, sour cherry and boysenberry, and moderate acidity, so I reckon if you love Australian Shiraz , you'll love Monte, too.

Food matching

Guy Grossi Pappardelle with spiced veal raguThe general fruit intensity and richness of Monte mean that it's a natural match to an array of rich and intensely flavoured dishes. Some of my favourites include Guy Grossi's pappardelle with spiced veal ragu recipe,  braised beef shin and pepperoni pizza. Explore our great range of recipes here .

Shop Australian Montepulciano

De Iuliis Montepulciano 2015

  • RegionHunter Valley
  • Order codeDEIUL30715
RRP: $35.00
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Your Price: $357.00
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McGuigan The Shortlist Montepulciano 2016

  • RegionBarossa Valley
  • Order codeMCGUI30716
RRP: $40.00
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Your Price: $408.00
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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Montepulciano 2014

  • RegionLimestone Coast
  • Order codeGEOFF30714
RRP: $30.00
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Your Price: $306.00
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Di Giorgio Family Montepulciano 2015

This Montepulciano pays homage to the Di Giorgio family’s Italian heritage and shows the wonderful versatility of the Coonawarra region.
  • RegionCoonawarra
  • Order codeDIGIO30715
RRP: $23.00
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Your Price: $234.60
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Atze's Corner The Mob Montepulciano 2014

  • RegionBarossa Valley
  • Order codeATZES30714
RRP: $30.00
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Your Price: $306.00
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