Day 8

Montepulciano (mon-teh-pull-chee-ah-no) is a late-ripening and highly productive grape variety that is widely grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy. This is a great light to moderate bodied wine for your holiday table! Typically, great quality at an affordable price. Skip the cheap pinot noir and reach for this wine instead!


Note: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which is a Sangiovese based wine that is produced in the town of Montepulciano.



The hand-applied stick that you see on your bottle is a biproduct of the pruning done the previous winter and signifies Zaccagnini Estate’s connection to the land and the vine. (Can you imagine packaging every standard bottle PLUS all of the half bottles this way?!) “Pruning is a skill developed over years, and for many it’s an art form. Before to prune a vine, one have to decide what to keep and what to cut off. The goal is to remove 90% of the growth from the previous year. This way, the vine channels its energy into new growth. The health of the vine and the quality of the fruit in the coming year begins here.”