This month we are making our Wine Club trip to the region of Abruzzo in central Italy. We are proud to present wines from Collefrisio. 

Third generation winemakers Amedeo De Luca and Antonio Patricelli joined forces in 2004 to fulfill a passion for the land and the vines of their forefathers. They acquired an existing hilltop estate once owned by the Frisio Family (Hence Collefrisio – Frisio hills) and set about creating a winery that embraces modernity while also honoring the long tradition of winemaking in the extraordinary terrain of Abruzzo.  The grapes are organically grown in accordance with principles of organic farming. 

Appassimento Vino Rosso 2017

Ruby red color with violet reflections. The bouquet shows aroma of rose hips and violet, liquored red fruits and mature plum, light spiced hints. Complex wine with great structure, round and velvet with good persistence.


Food Pairings

  • Grilled Ribeye
  • Roasted Lamb
  • Blue Cheeses, Gorganzola

Terre di Chieti Pinot Grigio 2017

Straw yellow color. On the nose delicate white peach notes and hints of citrus. Good structure and persistence.


Food Pairings

  • Seafood Antipasti
  • Fried fish or vegatables
  • Seafood Pasta
  • Sushi

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016

90 Points – Luca Maroni

Ruby red color with violet reflections. Intense fruity scent containing hints of slightly spicy cherry plum. Nice structure and well balanced.


Food Pairings

  • Burgers
  • BBQ
  • Any red meats
  • Cheeses

Appassimento is an Italian term for drying harvested grapes, traditionally on bamboo racks or straw mats, for a few weeks up to several months to concentrate the sugars and flavors. This process is used in making Amarone, Recioto and Sforzato.  Appassimento influences the flavor and concentrates sugars in dried grapes. This results in flavor and mouthfeel alterations in the wines that use grapes dried by appassimento methods. As the sugar concentrates, through water evaporation, wines produced from dried grapes may result in higher alcohols. Flavors becomes more rich and bold, adding complexity to still wines.

A warm, Mediterranean vine-growing paradise, in Abruzzo, the distance from mountains to seaside is relatively short. The geographical makeup of Abruzzo is quite remarkable. A rugged, mountainous region with a lengthy coastline, abundant sunshine, generous rainfall and cool mountain air currents. Abruzzo is ideally situated between the Adriatic sea to the east, and the Apennines and Maiella mountain ranges to the west – including Gran Sasso, one of Italy’s highest peaks at more than 9500ft (2895m). Chieti is a hilly province in southern Abruzzi where 75% of the region’s wine is produced. Vineyards for the Pinot Grigio are in the IGT of Terre di Chieti, nestled in the foothills of  central Italy’s Abruzzo region.

This lively, juicy red wine comes from the rugged Abruzzi hills above the Adriatic coast of central Italy, a region long known for its prolific wines. The region has been evolving and improving and serious producers like Collefreisio are taking the lead in achieving higher quality. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is resolutely dry with enough soft fruit to be drinkable when young, yet tannic enough to keep it trim and energetic.  Designated as a DOC in 1968,  Italian laws say that  Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can include up to 15% Sangiovese in the blend.

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