Since first harvest we have always believed that to have good wine in winery, excellent grapes in vineyard are needed, above all. Tommaso, faithful to the experience gained over the years, continues pruning all his vines by himself. Pruning is a fundamental moment in identifying the best compromise to obtain excellent quality grapes. Choices made in vineyards keep the essence of our phylosophy always respecting nature in methods and times. Soils are mechanically tilled and every working step in vineyards, all with traditional Abruzzo tendone training system, are exclusively made by hand. We can significantly reduce the use of plant protection products thanks to favorable microclimate conditions (excellent sun exposure, good ventilation and temperature excursion).
We want our wines to be a genuine expression of varietal and territorial identity so our mission in winery is to preserve and express the peculiar character of our grapes, of our terroir and of every different vintage. We vinify only perfectly healthy grapes, picked by hand selecting the best ones when they reach optimal ripeness. These choices allow us to avoid corrective actions on the wine. Vinification procedures are choosen considering our deep knowledge of vines varieties and we exclude interventions that could distort their characteristic profile. Every vintage will be slighltly different in reason of different conditions happening in nature, which we want to keep faithfully.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is the most representative vine of our Abruzzo wine identity. Through careful production protocols, we try every year to save in the wine obtained the genuine and authentic essence that this grape variety expresses growing up in our sea soils. For its promising longevity observed and because we believe that only in time its potential comes out, our best selection of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo goes through years of aging in steel tanks and months in bottle before commercializing. After steel aging, and only in the most promising vintages, an aliquot of wine is further aged in barriques, ensuring that the wood sense will never prevail over the vine identitary characteristics.
Following in the footsteps of our regional wine tradition, the white vines that we cultivate, vinify and bottle are the ancient autochthonous of Abruzzo: Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola. Tommaso highly wanted to experiment Cococciola, a rare vine variety exclusive of our Chieti province, in reason of the interesting results expected (and obtained) with the wine. In white wines vinification procedures, we work with strictly controlled temperatures, letting only the clear part of the juice go under fermentation: these conditions are really important to naturally preserve in wines the aromatic richness and the varietal profile of the grapes. Fermentations occur in steel tanks, followed by maturation in steel tanks and bottle.
In our winery the Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, a wine of the peasant tradition of Abruzzo, represents a valuable result of an alternative vinification procedure of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, the ‘white vinification’. We obtain a wine of strong personality with a bright cherry-pink color, sapid and fresh, expressing more and interesting nuances of the potential of this grape variety.