If it’s an Italian meal, it is almost certain that it will include pasta – and the right wines for pairing of pasta is as important.
Italy can find itself on almost any modern list when it comes to the world’s top wines. Most wine enthusiasts are familiar with the wines of Northern Italy, which are all-pervading on menus at Italian restaurants right across the globe and tend to take up quite a bit of shelf space at the best wine shops.
The wine from Abruzzo is probably one of Italy’s best kept little secrets. The rugged terrain and coastal undulating hills produce some of the best wines that have been perfected over centuries. Pasta and wine – the perfect marriage that Italians enjoy at practically every meal.
Here are some good options – especially good with the numerous pasta dishes from Abruzzo
- Montepulciano D’Abruzzo – a wine that was documented as far back as the 15th century – a full-bodied, balanced ruby red wine with distinctive cherry notes
- Controguerra Bianco – this wine is made from the Passerina and Trebbiano grapes which results in a golden-hued fine wine that is delicate yet full–bodied
- Trebbiano – a grape that has been created for centuries and is perhaps one of the most diffused across Italy. The Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is one of the most famous and acclaimed grapes and is the only white wine in the area. The colour is that of straw and the most prominent flavours are of apple and dry fruit. This wine is not only brilliant with the famous pasta dishes of the region – it is a perfect marriage of the coastal seafood dishes of Abruzzo
- Cerasuolo – this lovely rose wine is made from the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes that arrive in your glass in a deep rosy colour with hints of cherry – brilliant paired with a variety of pasta and other dishes
When pairing wine with pasta – pay little attention to the pasta and focus on the sauce. Italy is the world’s most prominent producer of wine and is home to some of the finest and oldest wine-producing vineyards, supplying between 45 to 50 hl annually representing a quarter of the production of wine globally.