Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 10. Penne — Gualdo Tandino

Time slipped away yesterday, so here is what should have been published yesterday.

Penne — I think of Penne as a tube-formed pasta. But I have not been able to find a link between the pasta and today’s departure town.

We are in Abruzzo, which is, to be Italys, a remarkably easy region to manage, at least when it comes to wine. There are three classic DOCs: The two most wellknown are the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. The third is Controguerra, which is also mainly wines made from  Montepulciano, but they allow some Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Frank.

When we are in this region, I always have a reminder of Italian naming conventions, and the confusion it can cause, in particular here. It is usually [grape] + [area]. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is wine made from Montepulciano in Abruzzo. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from Trebbiano in Abruzzo. But it can also be [type of wine] + [area]. In Tuscany there is a town named Montepulciano, and in the area around Montepulciano, they produce the wine Vino nobile di Montepulciano. This wine is made from Sangiovese, and is very different from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The first time I tasted Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, I was thinking of Vino nobile di Montepulciano, and was surprised how different they were. But eventually I learned.

Controguerra is north-east of today’s stage, so we will leave this area. There is also a DOCG-classification of a Montepulciano-wine from Abruzzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane. But today’s stage goes a bit further into the country. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC is overlapping with Montepulciano d*Abuzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. This is a classification for rosé.  There is alos a wider, more general classification Abruzzo DOC, which has elevated the classification for Montepulciano-wines of high quality, such as Terre di Casauria, Terre dei Vestini and Alto

Trebbiano is a grape grown many places. I would think that they grow Montepulciano grapes other places as well. But it is at its best in Abruzzo

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