Abruzzo – lovely and fruity wines

Abruzzo is located in central-southern Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the massifs of Gran Sasso and Majella, which slopes gently towards a sub-Apennine hilly area near the Adriatic Sea. This divides Abruzzo in different areas: the mountains to the west, which makes up more than half of the entire territory, distinguished by a continental climate with cold winters, and the coastal area with its hilly side and milder Mediterranean climate and warmer summers.

From Ovid to Polybius, we find a lot of historic testimonies to the presence of winegrowing in Abruzzo. Until the Renaissance period it was concentrated mainly in the Peligna Valley, in the province of L’Aquila. The region’s viticulture experienced a phase of rapid transformation, especially during the Unification in the 19th century.

But it was only in the last 40-50 years that Abruzzo viticulture became specialized and today the modern trend is to highlight the characteristics and quality of the grapes.

This is achieved by producers in all manner of ways, including the harvest dates in relation to the final product they want to release, more gentle extraction, use of older and larger oak vessels or other vessels such as concrete tanks or amphorae, and shorter maturation periods and the gradual abandonment of the most difficult areas, to redistribute in the better suited ones along the hilly coastal strip.

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