Home Wine Grape Varieties Montepulciano Montepulciano Best known for the rustic reds of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, this deep-coloured variety, the main ingredient in Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno, is widely planted in central Italy, and often used as a blender with Sangiovese. Valentini: Producer profile What makes Valentini's wines so extraordinary? Italy in Australia: setting down roots Could Italian grape varieties be the next giant leap for Aussie wine? Italy's winemaking giants: Big can be beautiful In the world of wine, smaller is often regarded as better, with boutique estates and cult micro-cuvées taking the top spots. But, as Ian D'Agata discovers, large companies with their diverse portfolios and huge volumes of wine, can offer big surprises... Regional profile: Abruzzo The workhorse reputation of the Montepulciano grape and the confusion of Trebbiano d'Abruzzo with its boring Tuscan cousin have done this region no favours, says Stephen Brook. But seek out the best producers of these and other indigenous varieties and you’ll be pleasantly surprised... DWWA 2014: Regional Italy insights Hear from our Regional Italy Regional Chair Ian D’Agata on which wines to buy, which wines to leave on the shelf and what to keep an eye on from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards.... Italy approves synthetic closures for DOC, DOCG Italian authorities have approved the use of synthetic corks and screwcaps on higher quality DOC and DOCG wines for the first time. Enoteca La Botte Florence, Italy Montepulciano (red) Best known for the rustic reds of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, this deep-coloured variety, the main ingredient in Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno, is widely planted in central Italy, and often used as a blender with Sangiovese. Italian wine exports drop in 2008 Italian wine exports fell in volume last year due to strong competitive pressure from non-European markets.