Capestrano Vineyard

The vineyard of Capestrano is located in the Plain of Ofena, just a few kilometres from Popoli heading toward L’Aquila, in a territory known for the discovery of a vast necropolis dating back to the VI-V centuries B.C..

The most famous artefact from this excavation is the impressive statue of the Warrior of Capestrano. Dating back to 2003, the cuttings were planted over a total surface area of 23 hectares separated into two lots by the road that leads to the medieval village of Capestrano. For this soil with its notable solid component but, unlike that of Popoli, with a greater presence of clay, we chose the Montepulciano obtained from a mass selection from the old vineyard of Popoli and the Trebbiano of Abruzzo.

In 2003, the young plants were immediately faced with surviving the driest year of the past century. The following year added a violent bout with iron chlorosis, which put the development of the vine roots at risk and took five long years of commitment and care of each individual plant to eliminate.  Despite this difficult beginning, the Capestrano vineyard continues to produce and has found a way to give the best of itself. Indeed, from among the rows of Trebbiano we have earmarked a 1-hectare parcel on a ridge overlooking one of the three springs of pure water that give rise to the Tirino River, one of the cleanest rivers in all of Europe.

The pristine environment of the Capestrano spring has a high level of biodiversity, as demonstrated by the many species of aquatic plants, brush, flowers, and spontaneous vegetation, which through the autochthonous yeasts bestow the wines obtained from these grapes their unmistakable organoleptic profile. The importance of this vineyard for the history of the Valle Reale is fundamental, because the grapes of these rows of vineyards inspired research in the field of comparative experimental wine-making processes. This enabled us to understand how grapes of the same variety, the same vintage, and harvested in close proximity could be characterised by completely different bouquets.