WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Black cherry, Plum, Black pepper

Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety primarily grown in central Italy, notably in the regions of Abruzzo and Marche. It is known for producing deeply colored, robust wines that offer rich flavors and a velvety texture.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Montepulciano wines typically exhibit dark fruit flavors such as black cherry, plum, and blackberry. They often feature notes of spices like black pepper and herbal undertones, with aromas of violets and sometimes leather.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: Montepulciano tends to retain more acidity and produce wines with brighter fruit flavors and a more pronounced herbal character.

Warm climate: yield riper fruit flavors, softer tannins, and a fuller body, often with richer, jammy fruit notes.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Key regions for Montepulciano include:

  • Abruzzo: Known for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG.
  • Marche: Particularly around the Conero and Rosso Conero DOCG areas.

Notable producers:

  • Masciarelli
  • Emidio Pepe
  • Umani Ronchi


Montepulciano wines are generally approachable when young, showcasing their vibrant fruit flavors. However, higher-quality examples can age gracefully for 5-10 years or more, developing complex secondary characteristics and a smoother texture.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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