The history of viticulture of the Montepulciano grape in the province where Fattoria Valle Magica is based dates back to the mid 1700s. The hillsides have been and are excellent for viticulture. The most popular red grape is the Montepulciano, which also includes the Cerasuolo typology (translated as 'Cherry coloured and is made with separating the skins of the Montepulciano grape early in the process, creating a fuller bodied rose like wine). White wine is also made here. The Trebbiano grape is the most well known of the white varietals. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo are two of our favourite wines from Italy and wines and are upcoming in their rightful recognition.
The Montepulciano grape is accustomed to growing in arid ground and does well in this area. Unlike most other varietals, this grape makes nice wine even when produced in large quantities. The grape has a deep purple and ruby colour to its juice. It has lower acidity (especially for an Italian varietal) and mild sweeter tannins. The resulting wines tend to be softer and more accessible than Chianti or Nebbiolo for example. Accordingly, the young wines are nice pleasurable reds that go as well with food as without it. At the same time, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can age brilliantly especially in the hands of the right producers.
The history of the land around Fattoria Valle Magica and its buildings speak an interesting story where it comes to viticulture. This area was formally known as the vineyard and belonged, with the rest of the farm, to the monastery. Inside the buildings and in caves in the direct area that were used as wine production sites and cellars, you can still find ancient tools that were used in traditional winemaking.