Abruzzo Wine Region is in an Exciting Phase of Transformation – Part l

I discovered, during my recent trip to the Abruzzo wine region, that it’s in an “exciting phase of transformation” – there are a higher number of family estates; I see more wineries adopting organic farming; and the winemakers are moving toward terroir-focused wines – which are more complex and have distinctive characteristics of the region.

In the early 1970s through to 1980s, this region was dominated by large co-op wineries. During this period most families sold their grapes directly to the co-ops.

About the Abruzzo Wine Region
Abruzzo is an Italian wine region which is on the East coast of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. I found the geographical features of Abruzzo to be quite extraordinary. It’s a rugged, mountainous region with an extensive rugged coastline, a landscape of lush green, scattered with national parks and forests. Abruzzo is situated between the Adriatic Sea (to the East), the Apennine Mountain range with the Maiella massif (to the West). Gran Sasso, one of Italy’s highest peaks at 2,912m (9,554 ft) can also be found here.

There is only one DOCG, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, and there are three DOCs: Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and one white: Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

The grape varieties include native red Montepulciano and native white Trebbiano. Other native grape varieties include Sangiovese, Passerina, Pecorino and Cococciola. Other international varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Please Note: Abruzzo’s signature red grape “Montepulciano de Abruzzo” should not be confused with Vino Nobile de Montepulciano from Tuscany.

Fun Fact: According to local legend the native white grape “Pecorino” was named after the sheep that ate this grape in the vineyards.

According to the Consorzio Vini d’Abruzzo (the Consortium for the Protection of Wines of Abruzzo) this region currently has approximately 250 wineries, 35 co-ops, 34,000 hectares of vineyards – which produces over 1.2 million bottles of wine per year.

Weather
The coast has a Mediterranean climate – abundant sunshine, with average rainfall of 26 inches per year, followed by cold winters. Inland has more of a continental climate. with snow in the winter. In the high altitudes there are measurable diurnal temperature variations, combined with cool mountain air currents. There are also moderate temperatures on the slope-vineyards, which provides a mesoclimate for the vines.

Abruzzo Viticulture – Vine Training
80% of the vines are Abruzzo-pergola training system which was designed to shade bunches and to make harvest less arduous. The remaining 20%, which are mainly new plantings, have planted in rows with spurred cordon, free cordon, GDC.

Interesting Facts

  • Winemaking traditions in Abruzzo date back to the sixth century BC due to the Etruscans, who played a major role in introducing viniculture to the area.
  • There is also evidence that vine-growing goes back further, as far as the fourth century BC, when sweet, Moscato-style grape “Apianae” was grown. It is also believed that when Hannibal made his epic journey over the Alps, his soldiers were given Abruzzo wine from Teramo, previously known as Pretuzi.
  • In terms of quantitative wine production, Abruzzo is Italy’s fifth most notable wine region followed by Sicily, Puglia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna.

Located a scenic two-hour drive east from Rome, the Abruzzo wine region marries centuries of tradition with modern style. Cin-cin!

Stay tuned for Part ll – Abruzzo Wine Region is in an Exciting Phase of Transformation, where I will do a deep dive into some of the estates.

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The Trabocchi Coast – Abruzzo

I’m just back from Abruzzo, Italy – It’s a fascinating region of majestic mountains, national parks, stunning seascapes, charming villages, breathtaking views, and exceptional wines.

The coast of Abruzzo ranges from flat golden sandy beaches to dramatic coastlines with high cliffs to pebble beaches, which is on the Adriatic Sea.  The water temperature can reach 28 degrees in the summer. I was told by the local lifeguards that you can swim starting in April to the first week of October.  It’s interesting to note that Abruzzo has one of the highest densities of “blue flag” beaches in Italy!

What I found fascinating is the “Trabocchi Coast” a UNESCO World Heritage-protected for its traditional wooden fishing structures “Trabocchi.” This stunning 70-kilometer coast goes from Ortona to San Salvo (Chieti) and is a beautiful drive where you can see the striking collection of these stilt wooden huts. Some have been left abandoned, which make them more mystical, and some have been turned into restaurants.

Trabocchi were constructed by local fishermen in the 18th Century and were simply an extension of the rocky coastline. In order to facilitate fishing, boards were placed on the submerged rocks on the beaches so the fishermen could fish further offshore. Gradually, wooden stilts were used to erect freestanding platforms, which allowed the fishermen to project further out into the sea and were connected to land by long narrow boardwalks. The local fisherman fished for for anchovies, sardines, sea bream and sea bass.

The Trabocchi have been described as “colossal spiders” and “machines that seemed to live their own lives”  Gabriele D’Annunzio.

After speaking to locals, I found out that some of the Trabocchi are a few centuries old and still belong to fishing families.

It truly was an amazing experience .. walking along the boardwalk suspended above the sea, the smell of algae and crashing waves over the rocks – the atmosphere is both magical and romantic.

Having dinner on the Trabocchi we ate fresh fish and drank local white wines Pecorino and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo – an unforgettable evening with amazing views!

The “Trabocchi Experience” is a must when you visit Abruzzo!

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Tourism enjoys strong start to 2022 while facing uncertainties

International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start of 2021. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine adds pressure to existing economic uncertainties, coupled with many Covid-related travel restrictions still in place.

Based on the latest data, global international tourist arrivals more than doubled (+130%) in January 2022 compared to 2021 – the 18 million more visitors recorded worldwide in the first month of this year equals the total increase for the whole of 2021.

While these figures confirm the positive trend already underway last year, the pace of recovery in January was impacted by the emergences of the Omicron variant and the re-introduction of travel restrictions in several destinations. Following the 71% decline of 2021, international arrivals in January 2022 remained 67% below pre-pandemic levels.

Europe and Americas perform strongest

All regions enjoyed a significant rebound in January 2022, though from low levels recorded at the start of 2021. Europe (+199%) and the Americas (+97%) continued to post the strongest results, with international arrivals still around half pre-pandemic levels (-53% and -52%, respectively).

The Middle East (+89%) and Africa (+51%) also saw growth in January 2022 over 2021, but these regions saw a drop of 63% and 69% respectively compared to 2019. While Asia and the Pacific recorded a 44% year-on-year increase, several destinations remained closed to non-essential travel resulting in the largest decrease in international arrivals over 2019 (-93%).

Prospects for recovery

After the unprecedented drop of 2020 and 2021, international tourism is expected to continue its gradual recovery in 2022. As of 24 March, 12 destinations had no COVID-19 related restrictions in place and an increasing number of destinations were easing or lifting travel restrictions, which contributes to unleashing pent-up demand.

For further details… https://bit.ly/3La7MlK

Source: https://www.unwto.org

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Divino 2ed “Wine Hospitality and Travel “ Round Table – Villa Artimino, Tuscany

I am so thrilled and honored to participate in a Round Table [Divino – Wine Hospitality and Travel Round Table, Villa Artimino, Tuscany] Sunday, November 14th with these distinguished panelists:

Filippo Magnani (fufluns.com), Philip Goodband MW (philipgoodband.com), William Goodacre – Tastes of Italy (tastesofitaly.co.uk), J.C. Viens (grandepassione.com), Cristina Mascanzoni Kaiser (wineho.it), Matteo Lunelli, President, Ferrari Trento

I will be sharing my views on “Wine Investors & Collectors: The New Trend of Luxury Travel” with global wine journalists, tour operators, luxury hotel operators, Italian wineries (owners, marketing teams), and representatives of Italian tourist boards.

 

 

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CHIANTI CLASSICO, THE EVALUATION OF ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR WINE TERRITORIES IN ITALY – by Filippo Magnani

 

Chianti Classico Collection in 2021 becomes “Chianti Classico Connection”

The Black rooster is an identifying symbol of one of the most interesting wine areas in Italy.  It is a wine that is always evolving. Chianti Classico is a land of such versatility and richness that could be confusing, that’s why the Consortium has an important role in spreading awareness and territorial promotion. The Collection is an annual event of the Anteprime Toscana, dedicated to one of the most fascinating wine areas in the world.

The “Collection”, this year, was entitled “CC” (Chianti Classico) “Connection”.  This global event is synchronized in 5 different countries, including multiple days at the end of May for Chicago, Florence, London and New York and the end of June was reserved for Munich, and Tokyo. In these six important cities, the Black Rooster presented a hybrid format combining an in-person tasting for the sector’s professionals and online interaction with the producers. The Consortium gathered a selected international audience from the wine sector, with the attendance being over 2,800 experts and members of the press, 400 wines being presented with10,000 bottles being tasted.

The 27th edition of the Collection was held In Florence, the 20th and 21st of May, in the beautiful Cloister of the Santa Maria Novella Museum, in the 14th-century Dominican convent attached to the Basilica, an iconic symbol of the Renaissance.

Chianti Classico Moving Forward

The Chianti Classico area is a unique “mosaic” of microclimates to discover. It is a wine district always in evolution. Two main measures approved recently: the Consortium formally introduced 11 subzones “Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive (UGA)”, allowing different villages to further express the versatility of the Chianti Classico area, and to label their production with the specific name of their land. The Members of the Council also embraced the introduction of new tight specifics on the Gran Selezione category, showing off the increasingly widespread tendency to enhance the full potential of Sangiovese.

Chianti Classico New Sites on Subzones

This new “micro-site identification” was attributed not only to geological and scientific studies, but also from the so-called human factor, in terms of local culture and traditions. The UGA applies only to the Gran Selezione wines which is t 6% of the production of the vintage but with the goal of broadening it to Riserva and Chianti Classico wines.

Gran Selezione Regulation Switches Toward Sangiovese

The other step was made on the specifications to further the restrictions for the blend of the Gran Selezione. The new approved proposal increases the proportion of the Sangiovese to a minimum of 90%, and eliminates the international grapes in any blend of the Gran Selezione. Finally, the remaining 10% is limited only to Chianti Classico native grapes: Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera., and others.

Chianti Classico the Ultimate Wine Destination

The Chianti Classico region has for centuries been one of the most popular destinations for wine enthusiasts. It is a wine paradise held by the arms of its two historical capitals: Florence and Siena.

This area is mainly covered with woodlands, principally oak, chestnut and pine as well as cypress, situated on a plateau at altitudes between 200 and 800 metres. The highest altitude for growing grapes for Chianti Classico wine is 700 metres a.s.l. The local climate is continental with significant day-night temperature variation, generally low winter temperatures – below 4-5°C – and hot, dry summers, often reaching temperatures of over 35°. Geologically the land is a shield of clayey schists (marl), with layers of scaly clay, alberese and fine limestone sandstone.

Chianti Classico Passport

Chianti Classico is offered in three different types that represent its qualitative pyramid:

Chianti Classico ‘Annata’
Chianti Classico ‘Riserva‘, and
Chianti Classico ‘Gran Selezione’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chianti Classico – A Wine Lovers’ Paradise 

Chianti Classico gets its name from an area of Tuscany that is famous for its food, lush rolling hills and medieval towns.  A territory to discover through extraordinary wine estates, luxury retreats, beautiful landscapes, historical charming buildings, superb wine and exceptional restaurants. A wine-vocated area that, every year, attracts professionals and wine lovers from all over the world. To assist visitors through the exploration of an area fundamental for our region’s history and culture, the Consortium has now launched the Chianti Classico Card.

A passe-partout to open all the doors into the Gallo Nero world: over 200 unforgettable experiences are available through this card, from guided tastings in the wineries to picnics in the vineyards, visits to museums in the area, and discovering artistic and architectural treasures hidden among the vine rows of Chianti Classico. The Gallo Nero Card aims to guide tourists through an exploration of one of the fundamental elements of our region’s history and culture: Chianti Classico wine and all the gems of its production territory.

My tasting at  C.C.C 2021

Having spent only one day at Chianti Classico Collection, I have reviewed 162 wines, from Annata Chianti Classico 2019 and 2018, as well as Riserva and Gran Selezione 2018 categories. The Chianti Classico 2019 Annata showed beautiful lively-colored, ripe fruit with great aromatic intensity. An appropriate level of natural acidity guarantees good fragrance. The vast majority of wines I tasted were graceful with slightly lower alcohol content than average previous vintages. The Chianti Classico 2018 Annata, in general, turned out to be soft, fruity with good structure and balance. This is partly a reflection of the vintage which started cool and continued quite rainy through the summer, ending with nice weather during harvest. I found a wide range of great wines, showing high intensity and complexity of aromas in the Riserva and Gran Selezione 2018 categories.

On my radar : Chianti Classico Annata 2019 

Winery:  Istine
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg 2019  (100% Sangiovese – bio)
Ruby colour with paler hue towards the edge. Intense bouquet of cherry with balsamic notes. Lovely entrance, round with ripe fruit, medium body. Firm, velvety tannins with a long finish. I love it!

Winery: Castello di Ama – Ama
Wine:  Chianti Classico Docg 2019  (96% Sangiovese, 4% Merlot)
Brilliant, ruby red with compacted rim. Pronounced flavour of cassis with overtones of violet. Full-bodied with bright acidity. Well balanced with rich red fruit and soft tannins. Harmonious end. Great wine.

Winery: Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg 2019  (95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo – bio)
Ruby core with light purple rim. The nose is fruity and dynamic with a hint of spiciness. Well-structured body with medium alcohol and soft tannins.  Dry and fresh, with a long persistence. I like it very much.

Winery: Quercia al Poggio
Wine:  Chianti Classico Docg 2019  (80% Sangiovese, 5% 10% Ciliegiolo, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Malvasia Nera – bio)
Clean, ruby red with a paler tinge. Lovely aromas of strawberry and cherry with a touch of roses. Full body with round, sweet tannins. Fresh and harmonious finish. Very good wine.

On my radar : Chianti Classico Annata 2018 

Winery: Val delle Corti
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg 2018  (95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo)
Intense ruby red with paler reflections. Distinctly rose floral nose mixed with hints of cherry. Full-bodied with pleasant red notes developing on the palate. Medium tannic structure. Long and fresh aftertaste. Ac harming wine.

Winery: Cinciano
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg 2018  (100% Sangiovese)
Ruby core with light purple hue towards the edge. The nose is fruity and dynamic with a hint of pepper. The palate expresses ripe red cherry with a well-structured body, medium alcohol and soft tannin. A bit light at the end. A good wine.

Winery: Castello della Paneretta
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg 2018  (85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino)
Medium ruby-red. Intense flavour of red plum and notes of violet. Medium acidity with discreet alcohol level. Fruity and spicy. Quite a long finish.  I liked it.

On my radar : Chianti Classico Riserva  2018 

Winery: Castello di Monsanto
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Riserva 2018  (90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino)
Medium ruby core, paler towards the edge. The wine displays an intense flavour of wild berry with scents of new leather. Rich and powerful,  good balance of body, fruit, acidity and firm tannins. Lovely wine with great potential.

Winery: Bibbiano
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Riserva 2018  (100% Sangiovese- bio)
Bright, intense ruby with garnet hue. It displays an intense flavour of cherry and blueberry with light earthy overtones. Juicy and vibrant with a medium-bodied palate, soft tannins and toasty light notes at the end.  I really appreciated this wine.

Winery: Fèlsina
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Riserva Rancia 2018
Ruby colour turning slightly garnet on the rim. Beautiful aromas of ripe cherry and prune with balsamic overtones. Blackcherry in the palate with a light smoky scent. Medium body with round, fine tannins. Fresh delicious finish.

Winery:  Monteraponi
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Riserva Il Campitello 2018 (90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo, 3% Colorino – bio)
Deep garnet core with ruby tinge. Complex nose with flavour of  black cherry and prune with a note of rhubarb. Fragrant, juicy palate with present acidity. Discrete alcohol level and soft tannins well integrated with the fruit. Long finish. A great, fine wine.

On my radar : Chianti Classico Gran Selezione  2018 

Winery: Conti Capponi – Villa Calcinaia
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Gran Selezione Vigna Contessa Luisa 2018  (100% Sangiovese – bio).
Intense and brilliant garnet colour. Its bouquet is intense and ample with notes of blackcurrant and violet. The palate is rich and elegant. Full-bodied with impressive freshness and velvety tannins. Long finish. Great wine.

Winery: Ricasoli – Castello di Brolio
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Gran Selezione 2018  (100% Sangiovese)
Clear, deep red garnet colour. Intense flavour of cherry, blueberries and violet. Spicy with notes of liquorice and mint. The mouth is dense with medium soft tannins and toasty hints. An elegant wine with long and pleasant aftertaste Charming, fine wine. This is an excellent wine

Winery: Fontodi
Wine: Chianti Classico Docg Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2018  (100% Sangiovese – bio)
Brilliant, deep garnet colour with a compact rim. Various and intense aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and chocolate. A full-bodied wine with rich dark cherry fruit well balanced with soft tannins. Elegant and harmonious finish. Outstanding wine,  clear expression of pure Sangiovese with long life.

Always a big ”Thank You” to my colleague and friend Liz Palmer !

Filippo Magnani

 

 

 

 

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