Abruzzo is a marvelous region along the Adriatic coast. Like many of Italy's wine regions, Abruzzo benefits from the moderating influence of both coastlines and mountains. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo account for the bulk of the wine production, which actually exceeds that of Tuscany (in part because of bulk wine production). With over 3.5m hl produced every year (particularly around Chieti), Abruzzo is home to a number of large co-ops, which split their production between their own labels, and exporting it to other countries for blending into cheaper wines. Despite Abruzzo's reputation as an industrial wine producer, it is now home to many world-class wine makers who have put the area on the map. The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC has proved popular internationally, and there is one DOCG, Colline Teramane, which must be 90% Montepulciano. Other notable DOCs are Cerasuolo, a hearty rose made from the Montepulciano grape that has received many favorable mentions from critics, and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.
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