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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Lumeggio di Rosso’

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Tasting Notes

Lumeggio di Rosso is a great introduction to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from a top, trustworthy producer such as Illuminati, with 130 hectares of estate-owned vineyards and over 120 years of family tradition. The name comes from a specific painting technique called ‘lumeggiare‘, highlighting with brush strokes. Made with 100% Montepulciano grapes, all sourced from hillside vineyards, aged in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels for 7/8 months followed by 3/4 months in bottle prior to release.

A lively red, with lively, clean aromas of violet and strawberry. Full-bodied and well-rounded in the mouth with a long, smooth finish. Lumeggio di Rosso is very versatile and the perfect accompaniment to red meat, game, poultry, lamb and semi-aged cheese. Enjoy with pizza and pasta too.

 – 2016 rated 91 Vinous

2017 rated 91 JS

2018 rated 89 WS, 89 Vinous

2019 rated 90 WRO, 90 Vinous






100% Montepulciano

Location of Vineyards

Estate-owned vineyards in Controguerra, on hillside.




260 mt asl

Type of Planting



Medium loam with clay deposits

Type of Cultivation

Pergola Abruzzese suspension system, 3mt by 3mt with approx 1,100 vines per hectares.


The grapes are meticulously sorted and picked in the first 10 days of October. They are destalked, gently crushed and fermented with skin contact according to the traditional method. The lenghty skin maceration takes place in stainless stell fermentation vessels at controlled temperatures which must not exceed 28 degrees.


Once malolactic fermentation is complete, it is aged in 25 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels for a period of about 7-8 months followed by 3-4 month in bottle.

Alcohol Content


Total Production

150,000 bottles


Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone