Montepulciano is a soft violet red wine that was once spurned by collectors because it was made by peasants in the hills of Abruzzo. But, over time, its easy-going drinkability gradually won over the critics. Required by law to contain at least 85% of the plump, juicy Montepulciano grapes, Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo is now in such demand that the grape is well established as Italy’s fourth vine. But it’s important to note that the Montepulciano grape grown in Abruzzo is not associated with the city of Montepulciano, home to the world-renown Nobile Di Montepulciano wine. But, these two very different wines have at least one similarity…they are both just now beginning to garner interest around the world.