Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano?
Why is Italy's Abruzzo's best grape called Montepulciano, the exact same name of a town nearly 200 miles away in a different region?
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are made from entirely different grapes from different regions. So, how to keep them straight?
Consider their literal translations when looking at their labels:
The one named after the grape is far more common. If you order a Montepulciano by the glass in a restaurant, that's what you'll probably get. The other, named for a famous hilltop town in Tuscany, is a much more serious wine.
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