The origins of Montepulciano, considered
the most important D.O.C. wine in this region,
are uncertain. However, it is certain that
vine-growing has a age-old history in Abruzzi.
In his narration of Hannibal's gesture during
the Punic Wars, Polybius indicates that
the wine of the Pretuzi region (modern Teramo)
revived the soldiers fatigued by combat.
Made almost exclusively with the grapes
of the same name, Montepulciano is produced
in the hills around Teramo.
There are two types, Rosso (red), made with
traditional procedures, and Cerasuolo, given
this name for it cherry red color and that
fact that it is fermented with the skins
for a brief period.
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