Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, De Sterlich
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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, De Sterlich - 2021

Item # 48613 750mL

A Montepulciano from a local pair of friends known for their culinary and viticultural ties, this dry red is dark in color, yet medium-bodied. Fresh, with medium tannic structure, this comes from a vineyard planted in 1971, and sees fermentation and aging in cement. Pair with Mortadella di Campotosto.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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No, De Sterlich isn't an Italian name, it doesn't even belong to the winery's founders. Instead, when Roberto Fracassa and Alessandro Massacesi opened their winery in 2017 they chose to honor this local family, who had come to the Teramo province from Austria in the 15th century. Their last descendant, the Marquis Diego De Sterlich, helped found the Maserati car brand and died in 1976. They also turned to Professor Leonardo Seghetti, the consultant for the much esteemed Valentini winery as their guide. Their vines sit on a 23-ha hillside dotted with olive trees between the Appenine mountains and the Adriatic sea. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest and use native yeasts. Their Montepulciano is a pleasure to drink, full of inky dark cherry, cedar and cloves with a slight tannic grip. A great choice for your next summer BBQ.




Situated on the eastern calf of the Italian boot, Abruzzi is one of the most prolific wine-growing regions in Italy. Two-thirds mountains and one-third hills, it boasts highly favorable natural conditions for the cultivation of grapes. Abruzzi is most famous for its beautiful expressions of the red Montepulciano and the white Trebbiano, though many winemakers are now beginning to experiment with other grape varietals as well.


This rugged red staple can be anything from a simply fruited, easy-drinking wine to a serious, more structured offering, complete with all the depth and earthiness that can come from old-vine fruit and ideally placed vineyards. Montepulciano d'Abruzzi is produced in the region of Abruzzi from the Montepulciano grape, and is not to be confused with Tuscany’s Sangiovese-based Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Many of the modern incarnations of Abruzzi’s favorite red wine are bigger, more structured,...

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