+ SANGIOVESE [san-GEE-OH-vay-say]
In the Marche region it is said, by the locals of course, that Montepulciano is a different type, if not a different grape entirely, from the one heavily grown in Abruzzo. This point of view does not scientifically pan out, but there is a noticeable difference. The results can be more likely attributed to the usual suspects: soil, farming approach and microclimates. It has so many great qualities – high yields, disease resistant, loves warmer weather. For much of the region it is blended with Sangiovese, like in this central Rosso Piceno appellation, but the varietal Montepulciano wines from the small, coastal Conero DOCG, as well as a number of examples from further down the coast ( down to Offida) are the real powerhouses.