Tradition and innovation come together at the highest level to produce a great red which evokes the verses “smooth/as a golden sword,/ soft/ as lascivious velvet”. Winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, a sublime Montepulciano dAbruzzo since its debut in 1992.
Description Colour: Very deep ruby red with dark violet reflexes Fragrance: ripe red fruit, black berry and cherry, delicate spicy cocoa, vanilla, iquorice and cinnamon aromas Taste: full bodied, very persistent with long lingering and sweet tannins
Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the winery, this Trebbiano is the result of experimentation: the reintroduction of natural fermentation typical of the 1960s. The resulting wine was awarded the Tre Bicchieri prize and has established itself on the Cantina Tollo wine list.
Description Colour: straw yellow Fragrance: ripe yellow fruit with notes of citrus and dried fruit that blend with elegant, floral and spicy nuances Taste: fresh, fruity with a long persistence and an almond finish
In central Italy there is fossil evidence of grapevines dating back two million years, but the first traces of agricultural activities oriented to grape cultivation itself date back to the end of the Bronze Age. In Abruzzo, the first evidence of wine production stretches back in pre-Roman times, with funerary pottery unearthed in the monumental cemeteries around LAquila. There are then the numerous Roman remains which attest to the spread – and the popularity – of wine, cited in the works of historians and in the verses of poets as well. “Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion”, wrote Ovid, the famous elegiac poet from Sulmona in Abruzzo. Wine from this region is praised in On Agriculture by Marcus Porcius Cato, and even Hannibal, lingering in the Vibrata Valley (Teramo), was seduced by the local wine according to the Greek historian Polybius.
In the contrade (i.e. districts) of Tollo, a town in the province of Chieti, dolia (terracotta containers used for transporting wine) have been found, both intact and in fragments, now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Chieti. These wine stores were located at the residence (rural villa), but also buried among the vines in order to retain the characteristics of the location during the transformation of must into wine. Even today it isnt unusual to find doliafragments in the hills around Tollo during the earthworks for planting new vineyards.