“Fontefico the Pure Wine” of Abruzzo

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The sublime Titinge Riserva DOC

The idyllically located Fontefico is on the Gulf of Vasto, the coast of Abruzzo. The winery was set up by two brothers, Nicola and Emanuele, in 1996, although it took a further 10 years of perfecting the art before they took the wine to the market. Fontefico is completely organic which makes the wines just that bit more delicious and special! The grapes are kept healthy by the sea breeze which blows through the vines keeping them dry which in turn stops parasites or diseases from affecting the crop. This is usually prevented by the use of chemicals. It is labelled as a boutique winery that produces exceptional wines and we can definitely vouch for that!

They produce 5 wines, 1 white, 1 rose and 3 reds, each are very individual yet equally special. As the vines are located just a few

Enjoying a glass or two!

Enjoying a glass or two!

hundred metres above sea level, they produce vigorous and highly flavoursome wines characterised by their high acidity and the deep fruit flavour. The white is of the local Pecorino variety, “Pecorino Superiore” has been classed as a DOC* Superiore one of very few Pecorino’s to be awarded with this prestigious label. The rose is not your typical rose it is a Cerasuolo; not simply a rose and not a red but its own unique style. The Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is unique to the region, it is a must try even for you red wine drinkers! It is perfect for those hot summer days! The three red wines that they produce are some of the best we have had, their Montepulciano is gorgeous but their two special limited edition wines are truly something else. They are both barrel aged for 24 months and then a further 12 months in the bottle, worth every minute!

Of course we felt that before we could truly recommend the wine we should definitely try it out first hand, it was a hardship! We

The Beautiful Winery

The Beautiful Winery

went down to the winery (only a 20 minute drive from the Villa), were we greeted by our very friendly and welcoming hosts. Emanuele showed us around the winery, explaining about the grapes and how he and his brother had started Fontefico. He then took us around the inside of the cantina explaining the process and showing us the equipment they used. It was really interesting to learn the process and made us enjoy the wine even more having seen where it came from. We opted to try 4 wines and accompany these with the recommended paired appetisers to really bring out the flavours. These in themselves were delicious, all homemade, and we were very lucky to have their first zucchini flowers of the season. By the time we had finished we had been there for 4 and half hours! It was a fantastic afternoon and we would (and do) strongly recommend a trip to see Emanuele and Nicola and try their truly special and “pure” wine.

If you would like any more information you should take a look at their website www.fontefico.it
*DOC – the wine has met strict quality and authenticity regulations. For further information about Italian wine categories visit this link http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference

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