The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC covers red wines made from the Montepulciano grape in the region of Abruzzo, in central eastern Italy. Alone it represents over 80% of the total denomination of wines produced in Abruzzo and is among the top three DOC wines produced in Italy. It is a red grape variety, with a medium compact bunch of conical pyramidal shape, often winged, and elongated grape with solid peel.
This is a warm climate, somewhat hot in the summer, ideal for ripening of this variety. The wines are generally medium-bodied, with either steel aging or some light oak aging, have dark color, moderate tannins and zippy acidity.
Producers of Montepulciano wine in Italy generally follow one of 2 winemaking ideologies:
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.