I was thrilled to be invited by the Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo to take part in the “Grand Tasting Vini d’Abruzzo 2022”. This year, the event was held on June 8th at the historical Palazzo d’Avalos in the town of Vasto, Province of Chieti.
The Palazzo d’Avalos showcases some important examples of Abruzzese Renaissance architecture. It not only has stunning views the Adriatic Sea, it is also home to the Museo Civico Archaeologica. A long leisurely lunch with breathtaking views was held in the magnificent Neapolitan-style gardens.
For the Grand Tasting, there were 120 national/international journalists and sommeliers in attendance. We had the opportunity to taste over 300 labels from the Abruzzo region. Wines were organized and poured by members of the Italian Sommelier Association, ‘AIS’ / Associazione Italiana Sommelier. I’m happy to say that there were over 76 wineries who participated in the tasting this year. It was a wonderful opportunity to taste wines from the four production areas: Chieti, Pescara, Teramo and L’Aquila, which included DOCG, DOC and IGT: Abruzzo DOCGs, DOCs and IGTs: Abruzzo DOC, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC, Colline Teramane Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG, Controguerra DOC, IGT Colli Aprutini, IGT Colli del Sangro, IGT Colline Frentane, IGT Colline Pescaresi, IGT Colline Teatine, IGT del Vastese / Histonium, IGT Terre Aquilane / Terre de L’Aquila, IGT Terre di Chieti, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Ortona DOC, Terre Tollesi / Tullum DOCG, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, and Villamagna DOC.
Opening speeches were delivered by: Valentino Di Campli, President Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo and Licia Fioravante Councilor for Tourism.
“We are honored to be able to host in Vasto, in the marvelous setting of Palazzo d’Avalos, over 120 specialized journalists who have come from all over the world to learn about our good wine. Thanks to the president Valentino Di Campli and the Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo – concluded the councilor for tourism, Licia Fioravante – for having wanted to include us in the “Grand Tasting Vini d’Abruzzo 2022” and in the broader program of the Abruzzo Wine Experience” which aims to make known the extraordinary increase in the quality level of Abruzzo wine, in the wake of a path that links the good product of our land, culture and traditions. To the kind guests the warmest “Welcome to Vasto”, certain to offer a beautiful experience in this splendid part of Abruzzo ”
My tasting notes and further details will follow in Part ll.
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