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Italian House Wine

Italian House wineAll throughout Italy you can wander into the local trattoria and be served up a nice glass of “house wine” usually poured from a glass carafe.

What makes these wines so special is that each region you visit may have their own version of a house wine as well as the families you may encounter.

House wines are usually fresh and fruity, low on tannins but always very food friendly.

In the south of Italy in the Abruzzo region, a typical house wine will most likely be made from the Montepulciano grape, which should not be confused with Montalcino, the hillside town in Tuscany famous for its Brunellos.

Abruzzo faces the Adriatic to the east and the Apennines to the west, essentially cutting if off from the rest of its Italian neighbors. Despite this, Abruzzo is one of the top wine producers in the country, and its top red wine is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Often produced in large quantities by industrial sized wineries, the wine is a stark contrast to its rugged region. It is a soft wine meant to be drunk young, yet can age for many years.

It is dark ink in color, very fruity and low in tannin. While it may lack the complexity of aromas, its more earthy and black fruit nose makes it a good choice for a house wine that is versatile enough to pair with polpette, meat pastas and pizza.

Carl Silvestri
Director of Wine Education at CIBO

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