Montepulciano d' Abruzzo
Wine name:Montepulciano d' Abruzzo
Appellation:MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC
Zone:Tocco da Casauria (Pescara)
Vineyard extension (hectares):6.8
Vineyard age (year of planting):Montepulciano 1968,1980
Soil Type:Medium texture, sandy, clayey
Exposure:East/South-east. Altitude 255 meters above sea level
Colour:Ruby red with deep purple reflections
Nose:Intense, rich, red berries and violet
Flavour:Warm, medium-bodied, quite soft, fresh, quite tannic, quite intense and persistent
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:Polenta with meat or game sauce, risotto with meat or game sauce, beans with pork, roast eel, fish soup, spicy salame, hard cheese
Average no. bottles/year:45,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:10
Vine training system: arbour t.s. (5 hectares) and espalier (1.80 hectares)
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 5-6 days in glazed cement vats with temperature control, the wine matures in glazed cement vats for 18 months, finishing in the bottle for 2-3 months
Address:Via Filomusi Guelfi 11 65028 Tocco da Casauria PE
Year of establishment:1983
Total annual production:60000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):9.55
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.45ha Chardonnay 0.2ha cococciola 0.45ha Malvasia Toscana 7.25ha Montepulciano 1.2ha Sauvignon
Vine training system:
arbour training system
Cultivation method in the vineyard:soil not tilled on the aisles/green manure
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
The estate is right below the mountains of the Majella (the second highest massif of the Appennines and a national park), in Tocco di Casauria (province of Pescara). The Filomusi family moved here from Pesaro in the 1500s and became related to the Guelfi family, that moved to Abruzzo from Arezzo. In this way the two families not only merged their name, but also their properties which already included the ten hectares that are still grown with vineyards today. Wine has always been made since those early days. Lorenzo, the present owner, inherits the estate in 1983. His wine production starts as a personal bet in 1987. His first wines, the 1987 vintage of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the 1988 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo (a traditional rosè wine), were bottled in 1990. Lorenzo realises that wine production not only represents the past history of his family, but also its future history.
Tocco di Casauria can be considered the “cradle” of the Montepulciano grape variety: this is also confirmed by documents belonging to the Guelfi family, and dated 1821, that state the production and marketing of Montepulciano grapes (Lorenzo still has these documents). The conditions for viticulture in this area are unique. It is a very airy and dry zone. The phenolic and sugar ripening of the grapes is optimal together with an excellent acidity due to the extremely wide temperature range between night and day.
The grape varieties are mainly Montepulciano (7.25 hectares) and the rest are Chardonnay, Pecorino, Cococciola (a white indigenous variety), Chardonnay, Malvasia Toscana and Sauvignon Blanc.
The wines produced are: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC “Fonte Dei” (single vineyard), Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Superiore DOC and two proprietary/IGT white wines. The total average production is 60,000 bottles/year.
Lorenzo Filomusi is supported by his son Alessandro and by the oenologist/agronomist Lorenzo Costantini.