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Comprehensive description of all European growing areas, their grape varieties, traditions and legal rules with maps.

Description to Abruzzi

The Italian region (Abruzzi in Italian) with the capital L'Aquila is located east of Rome with a 130 kilometre long Adriatic coast. It is divided into the provinces of Chieti, L'Aquila, Teramo and Pescara. Viticulture was introduced here by the Etruscans as early as the 7th century BC. The Greek historian Polybios (210-120 B.C.) mentions in his History of the Roman Empire, in the part about the Carthaginian general Hannibal (247-183 B.C.), that the wines from here were especially suitable for strengthening the soldiers. The Roman authors Pliny the Elder (23-79) and Andrea Bacci (1524-1600) also express their praise. The region is dominated by the Apennines, which reach their highest peaks here with the Corno Grande (2,912 m) and Monte Amaro (2,795 m). About two thirds are mountainous and one third hilly. Viniculture is also partly carried out at high altitudes up to 600 metres above sea level at the foot of the mountain massif. The Mediterranean climate is characterised by warm and dry summers with large temperature differences between day and night, and cool and humid winters. The vineyards cover around 33,000 hectares of vineyards on limestone, clay, sand and gravel soils.

Abruzzen - Landkarte und Montepulciano-Traube

The main red wine varieties are Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Montepulciano, Pinot Nero(Pinot Noir) and Sangiovese. The main white wine varieties are Bombino Bianco, Chardonnay, Cococciola, Falanghina, Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Montonico Bianco, Moscato(Muscat Blanc), Passerina, Pecorino, Riesling, Sauvignon(Sauvignon Blanc), Traminer, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano Toscano and Verdicchio(Verdicchio Bianco). The nine IGT wines (or IGP - the land wines) are Colli Aprutini, Colli del Sangro, Colli Frentane, Colline Pescaresi, Colline Teatini, Del Vastese or Histonium, Terre Aquilane, Terre di Chieti and Valle Peligna. The nine DOCG/DOC zones represent about 50% of the wine production:

Map: From Idéfix~commonswiki, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Grape: By Ra Boe - photographed by myself, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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