Credits: © Ph. Piero Pardini – The Wolf Post
The Barone Cornacchia Farm has an ancient tradition that has its roots at the end of the 16th century, when the Cornacchia family received, from the King of Naples, the baronial title (Baroni di Poggio Varano and CASANOVA) and the task, typical of the feudal order of the time, to control the vast fiefdoms that extended around the Fortress of Civitella, on the borderland of the Bourbon Kingdom.
With the unity of Italy, loyal to the Bourbons, Cornacchia abandoned the palace in the Fortress, retreating to an estate in Torri (Abruzzo Region), a small village now home to the family and company headquarters. This property has always shown its vocation for viticulture because it is characterized by hills with excellent exposure, stony limestone soil and an ideal microclimate, thanks to its proximity to the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso d’Italia.
At the beginning of the 1900s, Baron Filippo Vizzarro Cornacchia, a passionate winemaker, chose this exceptional area to resume and pass on the ancient winemaking tradition.
After the devastating phylloxera infestation that affected all of Italy, he selected ancient clones and re-planted all the vineyards with American grafting introducing Montepulciano among the cultivated varieties.
In 1969, the Montepulciano R/7 clone, Biotipo Teramano was selected in the Baroni Cornacchia vineyard and was, until 2007, one of the very few clones of this variety to be widely used throughout Abruzzo.
There have been 4 generations, each of which has added an important piece to the current structure of the winery, always taking advantage of the techniques and technologies available over the years.
Ownership: Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia
Oenological management: Filippo Cornacchia and advice from Goffredo Agostini
Agronomic management: Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia
Vineyard hectares: 54
Bottles produced 250,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Year of foundation: early 1900s on an old family property (from 1488).
Wine: Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Vizzarro
Variety composition: 100% Montepulciano.
Alcoholic strength: 14.5% vol.
Classification: Hills of Teramo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG.
Production area: Contrada torri, Torano Nuovo (TE).
Ground altitude: 250 m a.s.l.
Soil type: stony limestone.
Training system: simple curtain row with spurred cordon.
Plant density: 4,000 – 4,500 plants per hectare.
Yield per hectare: 80/90 quintals of grapes.
Harvest: manual with selection of the bunches.
Harvest period: mid-October.
Vinification: crushing and destemming, maceration on the skins for 15/20 days with must at 28° C in a submerged cap winemaker.
Fermentation: in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: in 250 liter French oak barriques for 30 months, then 6 months in the bottle.
Serving temperature: 18° C.
Color: ruby red
Observations: intense with purple reflections
Complexity: quite complex
Description: floral, fruity and spicy
Remarks: floral notes reminiscent of lavender and red rose, fruity hints of cherry, durone and plum close to spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper in grains. Nuance of licorice.
Taste – olfactory examination
Polyalcohols: moderately smooth
Balance: moderately balanced
Length: Moderately long
State of Evolution: ready
Harmony: moderately harmonious
Pairings: pappardelle with wild boar sauce.