Montepulciano d'Abruzzo was first classified as Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) in 1968. The Colline Teramane sub-area, established in 1995 as a DOC in the province of Teramo, was promoted to separate the status Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita ( DOCG) in 2003 and is now known as Colline Teramane Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo earned a reputation as one of Italy's most exported DOC wines. It is typically dry with soft tannins and is usually consumed young.
In addition to Montepulciano, up to 15% of Sangiovese is allowed in the mixture. Wines aged by the producer for more than two years can be labeled as Riserva.