Savoring Summer: The Wines of Abruzzo

Savoring Summer: The Wines of Abruzzo

Savoring Summer: The Wines of Abruzzo

the best summer wine you’ve never heard of…


Welcome to Abruzzo

Picture this: rolling hills dotted with vineyards, the salty breeze from the Adriatic Sea, and the majestic Apennine mountains in the background. Welcome to Abruzzo, Italy’s hidden gem, a mere 80 km from Rome, where nature’s beauty is matched only by the richness of its wines. As we gear up for summer, let’s dive into the world of Abruzzo’s most enchanting wines: Campotino and Col del Mondo. 

Abruzzo’s Perfect Vinescape

Abruzzo isn’t just a pretty face with all the beauty of Tuscany but without the tourists; it’s a winemaker’s paradise. The region's unique geography and climate create a perfect environment for growing grapes. Think hot, sunny days and cool, breezy nights, with soil that’s rich and varied. This combination makes for wines that are as complex as they are delicious.

What’s in the Glass? The Grapes of Abruzzo

The Montepulciano grape, indigenous to Abruzzo is the region’s signature red wine. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (not to be mistaken for the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany) is low in acid, dark in color, and dry, it pairs with almost any food. The grape is also the base for Cerasuolo, a cherry-pink wine compared to rosé. One of the best price per quality wines in our shop now has to be the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Campotino. Campotino wines are known for their bold flavors and aromatic complexity. 

If white wine is more your style, Campotino has you covered. The most popular white wine is Trebbiano d'Abruzzo , if you like Italian Pinot Grigio you’re going to Trebbiano. My personal favorite, however, is another white, Pecorino (no, not the cheese, ha!). Whites made from or this local grape are crisp, refreshing, and perfect for summer. Imagine sipping on notes of citrus, green apple, and delicate floral hints while you enjoy seafood, salads, or light appetizers on a sunny afternoon. The grape's name is said to have derived from the Italian word pecora, meaning sheep, because this grape grows in the mountains where the sheep used to graze.

Col del Mondo: A Terroir Treasure

Col del Mondo is another gem from Abruzzo. Wines come from a specific area in Abruzzo known for its picturesque vineyards and high-quality grape production. The winemakers of Col del Mondo are dedicated to sustainable practices, ensuring that their wines reflect the true essence of the land they come from.

Red Col del Mondo wines, particularly those made from Montepulciano grapes, are celebrated for their elegance and depth. They offer a delightful medley of cherry, blackberry, and subtle hints of licorice and leather. The balance of acidity and smooth tannins makes these reds incredibly versatile. Whether you’re enjoying a dinner of roasted lamb or a mushroom risotto, Col del Mondo reds will elevate your meal.

For white wine lovers, Col del Mondo’s offerings are a summer dream. Made from native varietals like Pecorino, Passerina, and Trebbiano, these whites are aromatic and refreshing. Picture tropical fruits, white flowers, and a touch of minerality in every sip. Perfect on their own, these wines shine with dishes like seafood risotto, grilled veggies, and fresh cheeses.

Bring Abruzzo to Your Summer

As summer unfolds, there’s no better way to celebrate than by indulging in the wines of Abruzzo. Whether you’re savoring a glass of robust Campotino red at a barbecue or a chilled Col del Mondo white by the pool, these wines don’t just taste amazing; they bring a slice of Italian sunshine to your summer days.