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GRAPE VARIETIES

Our wines: a universal language we speak to express our way of being

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

It is the main grape variety in the region of Abruzzo. Thanks to the work of producers and oenologists, this local variety became increasingly popular as one of the best red wines in Italy in the last few years. The hills of Abruzzo offer the ideal soil and the climatic condition to express the qualities of this wine at their best: an intense ruby red colour with bright purple shades, a structured, balanced and full-bodied flavour, properly alcoholic, slightly acid and moderately tannic, with a rich, vinous, fruity aroma and a dry taste. A great wine.

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

With its different names and clones, Trebbiano is one of the most widely planted grape varieties worldwide. And yet its long story has its roots here, in Central Italy, where it was appreciated by the Romans in the past and where it continues to be very popular even today. It has been grown in Abruzzo since 1500 because the warm, dry climate of the region offers this variety the ideal conditions for growth. Trebbiano Abruzzese has a pale yellow colour with bright light green shades, high acidity, good structure, a nice fruity aroma, a fresh flavour, sapid and balanced, with an almond aftertaste.

Pecorino

The name of this grape variety speaks of our land, Abruzzo and the long, centuries-old transhumance routes flanking the vineyards. Pecorino is thought to belong to the ancient family of Trebbiano grapes, but it is still a local variety and is typical of the Adriatic regions of Central Italy, between the mountains and the sea. Abruzzo has the ideal climatic conditions for the growth of this variety. It is pale yellow with golden hues; it has an intense floral bouquet with scents of fruit and spices, it has medium acidity, slightly bitter with a good structure. It has a very distinct flavour.

Sangiovese

The ancient Sanguis Jovis (Blood of Jupiter) of the Romans has now become the most successful Italian grape variety worldwide. It is mainly used in Tuscany for producing some excellent wines. However, Central Italy has the perfect climatic conditions for growing it – a warm, dry climate and calcareous soil, ideally at altitudes ranging from 300 to 450 metres. These are exactly the conditions of our terroirs in Abruzzo, delivering a ruby red wine, soft, balanced and with a good structure, with aromas of ripe red fruit, fine spicy notes and hints of plum and tobacco.

Cabernet

Some say that this great variety from Bordeaux actually originated in Italy, claiming that it originally was just the famous Biturica celebrated by Pliny in ancient times, which was later brought to France by Roman legionaries. All we can say is that the hills of Abruzzo offer the perfect conditions for growing this variety, which thrives in
dry, windy climates and well-drained clay soils. The result is a ruby red wine, with intense scents of ripe red fruit, with herbaceous hints and fine spicy notes, with a harmonious flavour and velvety tannins.

Chardonnay

It is a white wine with a unique aroma, which originated in the French regions of Burgundy and Champagne. It is currently grown in countless areas around the world, coming in many different clone varieties. It is easily adaptable to different soils and suffers where the climate is particularly humid or cold. This is clearly not the case for Abruzzo, where this variety thrives and produces a pale yellow wine with bright, light green shades. It has a distinctly fresh, soft varietal flavour, with scents of exotic fruit, banana and delicate notes of yellow flowers.

Merlot

A distant cousin of Cabernet, this French variety was always considered less prestigious than the other. But its world-wide distribution has demonstrated how it can generate an extraordinary rich and intense wine, especially in the warmer climates. Merlot settled very well in Abruzzo: the result is a ruby red wine, with herbaceous hints and light spicy notes blending into ripe fruit aromas. It is fresh, harmonious, mid-bodied, with good length and not without a certain elegance and distinctive flavour.

Pinot Grigio

It is widely grown in the Northern regions of Italy; the hills of Abruzzo have a slightly warmer climate, which is also mild and windy, providing the perfect conditions for the growth of Pinot Gris. As characteristics change, the wine gets richer and rounder, while preserving a distinctive hint of honey in its aroma. It is pale yellow, with fruity aromas, floral notes and hints of melon and lemon. The taste is fresh, pleasant and harmonious.

Cococciola

This ancient local variety shares several qualities with the better-known Trebbiano, with which it used to be vinified in the past. Today, vinified alone, it expresses its own qualities at their best.

The colour is light lemon yellow with green hues and floral aromas with fruity notes of peach and citrus peel. Medium bodied and textured, it has great balance on the palate, with a refreshingly acidic, mineral note.

Passerina

Originally from Abruzzo and Marche, the Passerina variety owes its name (meaning “little sparrow”) to the small size of the grapes, which are particularly loved by sparrows for their juicy flesh. It is becoming increasingly popular in Abruzzo because the grapes have a good level of acidity even when very ripe, which is particularly important considering climate changes.
This grape variety produces a light lemon yellow wine with greenish hues, floral aromas, fruity notes of pear, nectarine and orange peel.
The taste is fresh with a sapid finish and a pleasantly mineral palate.

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Abruzzo wines are not just meant to last for one season; they do not follow trends or try to produce special effects. They are pure like us and our land, and draw from modern winemaking techniques all that it takes to bring out their natural characteristics.

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Starting with Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, our main local wine, to Pecorino, with a distinct character rooted in an anciented pastoral world, through to Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Merlot, Canbernet and many others, they all equally express our way of being and seeing our land, its products and the seasons. In one word, our life

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