50 Candles for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

The participation of the Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo at the Enoteca del Salone is nothing new: the producers from Abruzzo have always been enthusiastic and very active and never fail to amaze us with their wines that genuinely reflect the territory of origin.

From 20 to 24 September in the courtyard of Turin’s Palazzo Reale there will be a space dedicated to Abruzzo wines with 100 regional labels that will visit expertly told by sommeliers Fisar.

But that’s not all: the 2018 edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto offers another opportunity to toast together. This year, in fact, we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the program is enriched with events specifically dedicated to the half-century celebration of this title. A birthday that falls at a time of great liveliness for viticulture in Abruzzo, thanks to the emergence of many small businesses alongside historical names and a solid cooperative network. In occasion of the anniversary will be 50 labels of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo available for tasting.

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The Montepulciano grape has been present in Abruzzo since the mid-eighteenth century and today, alone, represents more than 80 percent of the total number of DOC wines produced at a regional level.

The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is obtained almost exclusively from the grapes of the homonymous vine, with the possible addition of up to 15 percent of other red grapes suitable for cultivation in the Abruzzo area. Since the 2006 harvest, two sub-denominations have been recognized for the province of Pescara: “Terre dei Vestini” and “Terre di Casuaria”; since the 2010 harvest, for the province of L’Aquila, the sub-areas “Terre dei Peligni” and “Alto Tirino” have been recognized, while the province of Chieti has acquired the sub-area “Teate”.

A word of advice: don’t confuse it with the Nobile di Montepulciano! The Tuscan wine is in fact made from Sangiovese and, if the area of origin of the two vines is the same, the characteristics are very different.

Workshops at the Enoteca

Fifty years of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: an overview of styles and interpretations from the splendid 2015 vintage. Tasting of the versions of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo produced by Cataldi Madonna, Valori, Cantina Tollo, Ripa Teatina, Cirelli and La Valentina. Between selections of crus and experiments in amphora, all the sides of this formidable red.

, Saturday 22 September – 2.00 p.m.

The Other Side of Abruzzo: a full immersion in the native whites of the region, which in recent years have gained notoriety and market thanks to their unique characteristics of freshness, elegance, and longevity. In tasting the Cococciola di Cantina

Frentana, the Passerina of Cantina Citra, the Pecorino of Torre dei Beati and Pasetti, the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Vigneto Popoli of Valle Reale and the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo di Mare of the Barba winery.

Palazzo Reale Enoteca, Saturday 22 September – 5.00 p.m.

In addition… Emidio Pepe, Master of Montepulciano: an extraordinary tasting that traces half a century of history of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo through five decades. Thanks to the generosity of Emidio Pepe, a unique figure in the history of national wine, we offer a tasting starting in 1975 with ten-yearly intervals: a path that winds through 1985, 1995, 2005 and ends in 2015.

The tasting is sold out but we recommend it equally for all those who hope for a place available at the last moment: for any news do not hesitate to contact the Slow Food information points!

Palazzo della Giunta Regionale, Sunday 23 September – 12.00 a.m.

And for those who still don’t have enough!

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo meets the cuisine of Arcangelo Tinari Fifty years of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo to enhance the dishes of Villa Maiella: a candlelight dinner between Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and chef Arcangelo Tinari, heir and interpreter of the cuisine of Villa Maiella. The appointment is at Eataly Lingotto to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this red wine so representative in combination with dishes from the restaurant of Guardiagrele, in the province of Chieti. A dinner that aims to enhance the tradition of typical Abruzzo products and to propose excellent raw materials that Arcangelo Tinari and his father Peppino know how to turn into unforgettable dishes.

Dinner is sold out but we recommend it equally for all those who hope for a place available at the last moment: for any news do not hesitate to contact the Slow Food information points!

Eataly Lingotto, Friday 21 September – 8.30 p.m.

Though online sales are suspended sale of available tickets will continue during the days of the event, from the 20th at 24th of september, directly at the Event Reception in Torino, Pavilion 2 of Lingotto (280, Via Nizza).

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