Valle Reale wine producer
At the southern tip of the Gran Sasso National Park in Abruzzo lies Valle Reale. In just a few years since its first vintage in 2003 it has established a reputation as one of the top producers in the region, having three times been awarded the coveted Tre Bicchieri by Italian food and wine bible Gambero Rosso, once for its flagship red and twice for its top white.
The Pizzolo family from Verona acquired the Valle Reale farm in the early Nineties. It included the abandoned 8 hectare San Calisto vineyard, which had been planted with Montepulciano in 1960 by the previous owners. In 1998 they began to restore San Calisto, and then planted the nearby Popoli vineyard with cuttings from it, along with a hectare of Trebbiano.
In 2002 they used more San Calisto cuttings to plant the Sant’Eusanio vineyard, at 425m the highest in the estate. From this they produce their Cerasuolo d'Abuzzo – the rosé version of Montepulciano.
The following year the large Capestrano vineyard was planted with a mixture of Montepulciano and Trebbiano Abruzzese. This is eight kilometres to the north of the others and rather lower (350m) and warmer.
Most of their vineyards are organically certified, with the rest in conversion, and all their wines are fermented using only wild yeasts.
Decanting Club wines made by: Valle Reale
From Abruzzo, Italy
Valle Reale, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
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