Slowly but surely the Riverland is building its reputation for fine wines. One of these is Montepulciano. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes. It is Italy’s second most widely dispersed indigenous grape variety.
As readers will recall, Ashley Ratcliff and helpers recently hosted a tour of the Riverland region by some of Australia’s most prominent wine writers and critics. One of those travellers, Huon Hooke, is helping to build the Riverland’s reputation as more than the leading wine producing region of the country. He notes that more growers are now prepared to tell their stories, the best way to raise awareness out there in the global marketplace, about the growing numbers of growers and winemakers prepared to step beyond the well-known bounds of mainstream varieties.
Hooke’s latest article is well worth a read. He writes about Bruce and Val Bassham and their organic Montepulciano, their Lagrein, Fiano, Vermentino and Rose.