The origin of the cultivation in Abruzzo is very old: the first evidence of the presence of this grape is in 1700. Some versions of the story tell that it has been imported by a traveler who brought the grape from Tuscany to Abruzzo in the 19th century; others say that it was originally cultivated in Valle Peligna, in the Province of L'Aquila. All these different versions also mix with the legend: Polybius, a Greek-Roman historian, said that Hannibal made his soldiers drink Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and this healed them from scabies. There are traces of Montepulciano also in Ovid's "Metamorphoses."
"Notes of ripe red fruit, but also aroma of vanilla and licorice. Intense and persistent, with pronounced but well-balanced tannins."