Fantini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, made from a classical Italian wine grape variety…

Fantini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018

The Farnese Group, of which Fantini Wines is part, has its head office in Castello Caldora, near Ortona, a coastal town in the Province of Chieti, Abruzzo. Farnese is a leading wine producer in Abruzzo and Southern Italy, both in terms of volumes (24 million bottles) and quality. 18 talented winemakers, all with international experience, produce high quality wines from six different regions in Central and Southern Italy: Abruzzo, Tuscany, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. Farnese was named “Best Italian Producer” in 2016, 2017 and 2019 by a prominent Italian wine guide, Luca Maroni’s “Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani.” Its red wine “Edizione Cinque Autoctoni” – the company’s flagship – has been “Wine of the Year” for 9 years running. In recent years, over 70 gold medals and international trophies have enriched the company awards list, including its inclusion in the “Wine Spectator Top 100”.

Montepulciano grapes ripening on the vine

The grapes used in this wine, are Montepulciano. More than 90% of the grapes are hand harvested, as mechanical harvesters are not able to tackle bunches hanging from a pergola. Once in the cellar, the bunches are destalked and crushed. This process is followed by cold maceration of the skins in the juice for up to 36 hours.  Fermentation takes place with regular punch downs for gentle extraction. After pressing 5% of the wine is taken to Oak Barrels for maturation, the remainder matures in stainless steel tanks. The wine is eminently drinkable now, though will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Winter Vineyards in Abruzzo

From a Bordeaux shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label in black and red is of modern design and very elegant. In the glass, the wine is a deep plum red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The Fantini tasting notes say “On the nose, intense, persistent and fruity (red fruit, sour cherry, plum) with notes of wild berries and vanilla. Full bodied, well balanced and slightly tannic on the palate with a clean, persistent aftertaste.”

Diane Bibby’s Cape Malay Chicken Curry with Roasted Bananas

The Fantini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a perfect food wine and will partner Italian traditional foods, a good Tomato Bredie and lamb and apricot Sosaties off the braai. Excellent too with Diane Bibby’s Cape Malay Chicken Curry with Roasted Bananas. Click HERE for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby’s ‘absolutely must have’ cookbook

There may still be some 2017 vintage available in specialist wine shops and restaurants.

Information from, a Cape Town Italian Wine Importer, owned and managed by the Gabba Family.

This wine is available from Vino, your Italian Online Wine Shop, read more – CLICK HERE



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