We now live in a very different world to the one we knew pre-2020, especially when it comes to international travel and holidays, you’re even more concerned about your health, which is understandable!
I’m sure you don’t feel as comfortable boarding a full plane to a major city like Rome or Milan anymore do you?
Or fancy bustling your way down the tourist-packed, quaint streets of Paris for a wine holiday?
Now is the time to start considering fewer travelled-to destinations for your holidays. Think of the benefits, you would be travelling around a less populated city or town which statistically would be a lot more hygienically safe (fewer people = less chance of being infected with some sort of new disease that’s unknown to humans )
You would also be bettering the region’s economy. With your yearly business and expenses going into more localized, regional businesses you could be having a positive influence on smaller businesses and towns. The unemployment percentage would drop, these small towns and villages could become re-populated too. Such business would give the younger generation a valid reason to stick around and not move out to the next major city.
And that’s where Abruzzo steps in to the picture!
An honest and more trustworthy Italian region on the East Coast, somewhere to definitely consider for your next trip away.
The Perfect Climate Conditions
Abruzzo is an outstanding, overlooked region on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Its humble location is situated in between Lazio, Rome, Marche and Molise, with such big and well know cities surrounding it, Abruzzo is often forgotten about and deserves a lot more credit.
The area itself is a gem of a wine region and ideal for a summer breakaway with its everlasting beaches to the East and mesmerising mountain region to the West. Which leads onto my next point, Abruzzo’s impressive geographical elements!
There are national parks, beautifully lush green scenes, what seems like an everlasting Adriatic coastline filled with stunning beaches and rugged mountain’s further inland towards the West of Italy. All of these geographical elements combined make the terroir ideal for producing natural wines.
It is not surprising that Abruzzo provides a perfect haven for grape growing. Vines flourish thanks to the terroir, the abundance of sunshine, the generous rainfall and a variable climate.wine-searcher.com
Abruzzo’s Revamped Wine Scene
As you hopefully gathered from above Abruzzo ticks all the boxes for harmonious winemaking conditions, in simpler terms it’s warm and dry on the coast; inland it’s more continental. Although it has not always been so positive, for many centuries the grapes grown in the region were sent off in big trucks to bigger, more well-known Italian (and French) wine regions as a blending agent, never portraying their true flavour and value.
That is until the natural wine movement in the late 20th and early 21st centuries snook into the minds of a couple of soon to be Dons in the Italian natural wine world, Emidio Pepe and Edoardo Valentini, radicalising them both with an offer to get into a romantic relationship with all things naturally produced.
Abruzzo never looked back!
With the Italian climate working in their favour natural winemakers have been producing extraordinary, vibrant in profile natural wines for years now and I think we have to pay a special homage to Emidio and Edoardo for that. Abruzzo specialises in the native Montepulciano grape variety for reds and Trebbiano for white wines.
For example, the character of a natural white wine from Abruzzo is strong and pronounced in aroma, proper juicy ripe flavours of apricots and green pears with a strikingly pineapple juice appearance. Many of the lighter reds could also be compared to a high-quality Beaujolais from France or a crisp País from Chile.
Good Times and The Bad
Abruzzo is most famously recognized for its epic annual snow seasons, considering their mountain landscape they have no problem giving the Apls destinations a true run for their money. Although in recent years they have seen an up-turn in attention around what else they have to offer, which is timeless, exciting naturally made wine.
Winemaking has a long and interesting history in Abruzzo dating back to the fourth century BC, and it seems like they’ve have international interest in their produce from long ago..
It is also believed that when Hannibal made his epic journey over the Alps, his soldiers were given Abruzzo wine from Teramo
As interesting and historic as that little fact is, the region shortly afterwards fell into financially difficult times with a decline in population and as a result viticulture was sidelined for many centuries, with today’s resurgence only dating back 40-50 years.
Must Have Wines
Lammidia 2018 Rosh (90% Montepulciano, 10% Trebbiano) €17.50
Packed with ripe gooseberries and plum flavours, each mouthful better than the last, zero additives and clean as a whistle!
“100% grapes, and just.”
WHERE TO FIND : Gergoviewines
Cantina Indigeno 2019 Vino Rosso (100% Montepulciano) €15
Cantina Indigeno are ones to look out for both now and in the future, they’re on the up and I can totally see with with some great wines currently available.
With no temperature control used in the process, the wine spontaneously goes into fermentation by itself (no intervention). It’s then left in contact with the skins for one night before before ageing for 8 months in fibreglass tanks.
The Vino Rosso is a very easy drinker, medium-light bodied and super fruity!
WHERE TO FIND : Primalwine.com
Emidio Pepe 2017 Cerasuolo (100% Montepulciano) €25
As mention before Emidio Pepe is the godfather of natural wines in Abruzzo and it would be very rude not to include one of his wines on the list, so today it’s Emidios renowned rosé, the Cerasuolo!
Carefully handpicked Montepulciano grapes are vinified in a white wine method, after being stomped on by foot the must naturally ferments without any skin contact.
The result is an intense pink wine, a rosé with a strong personality.Emidio Pepe
WHERE TO FIND : emidiopepe.com
Lammidia 2019 Bianchetto (100% Trebbiano) €16.50
You may have noticed this is the second time I snook Lammidia onto the list, no it’s not a mistake and it’s certainly not favouritism… All jokes aside the boys over at Lammidia really do a stellar job at producing pure, real and raw natural wines that are so reminiscent of the exact terroirs that they come from I had to list them twice.
The Bianchetto has a stunningly complex, yet dreamy aroma giving off hints of fresh citrusy oranges and juicy pineapples. What follows is an array of stone fruit and orange flavours like apricots and nectarines with an especially well-balanced acid to dryness mouth fell.
We continued to have the best times eve had – drinking (Lammidia) wineAction Bronson, Fuck That’s Delicious
WHERE TO FIND : Kingstonwine.com