Abruzzo wine route

1 week in Abruzzo: tour of regional wineries

 

 

Abruzzo wine route

 

The Abruzzo wine itinerary takes place in the green region of Europe and in particular in that hilly area that goes from the Adriatic coast to the Apennine chain. This area is characterized by very favorable climatic and natural conditions for viticulture, making Abruzzo one of the most important regions from an enological point of view thanks to products such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo and Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo .

This wine tour of Abruzzo starts from Pescara, the most important urban center in Abruzzo, and includes important regional naturalistic and cultural stops located in wine-growing areas where several wineries, which have been producing wines for decades, are open to tourism offering visitors tasting experiences and visits to vineyards.

 

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7-day itinerary: Abruzzo wine tour

 

 

DAY 1

 

Zone:

ATRI

Atri boasts an area rich in vineyards along the hills overlooking the Cerrano coast, an important area from a naturalistic point of view with the presence of several protected areas

 

Route:

Pescara - Cerrano tower - Badlands of Atri - Atri

 

Wineries Atri:

 

  • Cirelli Vini

Cirelli is an IMC certified organic farm, surrounded by 22 hectares of land. All of its production revolves around respecting natural cycles, relating to olive groves, vineyards, fruit and vegetable crops and animal husbandry. The rotation of crops, the rest of the land, the fertilization and grazing of animals in the wild are some fundamental steps in the production process.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Atri (TE)
Contrada via Colle San Giovanni 1
Tel.: +39 0858700106
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Website: www.agricolacirelli.com

 

  • San Lorenzo Vini

San Lorenzo is the largest family winery in Teramo area, its 150 hectares form a single large plot that extends over three hill ridges. In the large estate, old farmhouses, carefully restored and connected to each other by country lanes lined with upright cypresses, are intended for welcoming guests and for moments of conviviality.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Castilenti (TE)
Contrada Plavignano, 2
Tel.: +39 0861999325
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Website: www.sanlorenzovini.com

 

Must see in Atri:

  • Historic center of Atri

The city of Atri is one of the most important in terms of history and culture of the entire region with a beautiful historic center and 7 museums for just under 11,000 inhabitants

  • Badlands of Atri nature reserve

Read my article "Badlands of Atri: erosion reshapes the hills

  • Cerrano Tower

Cerrano Tower is located within a protected marine area

 

Calanchi-Atri

 

DAY 2

 

Zone:

VAL VOMANO

The Val Vomano area extends from the coast to Teramo where the vineyards find an ideal environment in those hills of Teramo identified as the only Controlled Origin area of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

 

Route:

Atri - Morro d'Oro - Canzano - Teramo

 

Wineries Val Vomano:

 

  • Vini La Quercia

The oak farm is a small winery that covers about 46 hectares with an adjoining wine plant of about 400 square meters and a production capacity of about 4000 hl of wine. The company's activity is based on respect for nature to obtain a good product and to respect the health of man and fauna. At the base of the processing there is the quality and typicality of the product that allows the identification of the wine and the land of origin.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Morro D’Oro (TE)
Via Colle Croce
Tel.: +39 0858959110
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Website: www.vinilaquercia.it

 

  • Tenuta Cerulli Spinozzi

The Tenuta Cerulli Spinozzi company extends for 35 hectares in the municipality of Canzano and 18 in Mosciano area, in territories of alluvial origin once crossed by the waters of the Vomano river.The company provides organic farming methods: only organic fertilizers are added, while for the anti-parasitic defense one uses copper and sulfur salts

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Canzano (TE)
S.S. N. 150
Tel.: +39 086157193
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Website: www.cerullispinozzi.it

 

Must see in Val Vomano:

  • Teramo

Teramo is the provincial capital, a city with very ancient origins and with an interesting historic center 

  • Abbey of Santa Maria di Propezzano

Abbey of Santa Maria di Propezzano

 


 

DAY 3

 

Zone:

VAL VIBRATA

Val Vibrata is famous for the well-known coastal holiday resorts but extends inland between hills and historic villages where the wine culture is very strong

 

Route:

Teramo - Civitella del Tronto - Gorges of Salinello - Campli - Teramo

 

Wineries Val Vibrata: 

 

  • Azienda Agricola Cioti

Cioti is a family-run organic farm. A small reality that extends for about 6 hectares in the countryside of Val Vibrata that collects grapes with the ancient methods handed down by the grandparents who have cultivated these lands for centuries

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Campli (TE)
Fraction Paterno
Tel.: +39 3312594880
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aziendaagricolacioti/?ref=page_internal

 

Must see in Val Vibrata:

  • Campli

Campli is a very important village from a historical and artistic point of view

  • Civitella del Tronto

Civitella del Tronto is dominated by a Bourbon fortress which is one of the most important European military engineering works

  • Gorges of Salinello

The Salinello Gorges are within a protected area full of karst caves and waterfalls

 

 

DAY 4

 

Zone:

VESTINA AREA

The Vestina area boasts an excellent quality of the soil that allows the cultivation of vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see in its countryside, returning quality products

 

Route:

Teramo - Penne - Lake Penne Nature Reserve - Loreto Aprutino

 

Wineries Vestina Area:

 

  • Tenuta Talamonti

The Talamonti company extends over 45 hectares of vineyards, most of which are managed in a sustainable manner, and which benefit from the uniqueness of a terroir and the privilege of a singular microclimate, co-architects of the international reputation of the Municipality of Loreto Aprutino, in renowned wine-growing vocation.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Loreto Aprutino (PE)
C. da Palazzo
Tel.: +39 0858289039
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Website: www.tenutatalamonti.it

 

  • Cantina Ciavolich

The Ciavolich company extends over 35 hectares of vineyards, half of which are pergola from Abruzzo and half are espalier from clonal selection. In addition, in recent years, there has been a work to enhance the original genetic heritage from the vines that were planted in the 1960s.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Loreto Aprutino (PE)
C.da Salmacina, 11
Tel.: +39 0858289002
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Website: www.ciavolich.com

 

Must see in Vestina Area:

  • Penne

Penne is the largest center in the area and has been included among the most beautiful villages in Italy

  • Lake Penne Nature Reserve

The Lake of Penne is an artificial basin within a WWF protected nature reserve used for the recovery of fauna

  • Loreto Aprutino

Loreto Aprutino, also famous as "the city of oil", has an interesting historic center that resembles a nativity scene

 

Loreto Aprutino

 

DAY 5

 

Zone:

ORFENTO VALLEY

The Orfento Valley is located in a low-altitude mountainous area where rivers and streams find their outlet in the valleys of unspoiled nature

 

Route:

Loreto Aprutino - Bolognano - Orfento Valley - Hermitage of San Bartolomeo - Fara San Martino

 

Wineries Orfento Valley:

 

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

The Zaccagnini winery is one of the most important Italian wineries with over 300 hectares of vineyards for a total of about 3 million bottles sold all over the world

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Bolognano (PE)
Contrada Pozzo
Tel.: +39 0858880195
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Website: www.cantinazaccagnini.it

 

Must see in Orfento Valley:

  • Orfento Valley

The Orfento Valley is a nature reserve within the Majella National Park where the Orfento river has carved out a canyon that offers breathtaking views

  • Hermitage of San Bartolomeo

The Hermitage of San Bartolomeo is set in the rock and is considered one of the 10 most beautiful hermitages in Italy

  • Cistern of Bolognano

The Bolognano cistern is a spectacular natural swimming pool on the Orta river

 


 

DAY 6

 

Zone:

VAL DI SANGRO AND VASTO

This valley extends over a territory characterized by countryside and woods but also by historic villages and important testimonies of the past

 

Route:

Fara San Martino - Gorges of Fara San Martino - Casoli - Roccascalegna - Punta Aderci - Vasto

 

Wineries Val di Sangro e Vasto:

 

  • Azienda Tilli

The Tilli company extends for about 15 hectares at about 400 meters above sea level. The altitude, the climate, the temperature range and the exposure make the microclimate inimitable especially in the final result of the production; products that are difficult to reproduce elsewhere.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Casoli (CH)
Contrada Ascigno
Tel.: +39 3347367958
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Website: www.aziendatilli.it

 

  • Azienda agricola Fontefico

The Fontefico farm covers about 15 hectares cultivated with organic methods. The production philosophy focuses on the careful choice of each element of the wine starting from the vineyard which is different for each type of wine, to arrive at the selection of each single bunch

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Vasto (CH)
Via Difenza, 38
Tel.: +39 3284113619
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Website: www.fontefico.it

 

  • Tenuta Oderisio

The Tenuta Oderisio company covers about 20 hectares of vines. the vineyards are cultivated according to techniques synthesizing tradition and modern agronomic techniques, in harmony and balance with nature and with strict respect for the environment.

Monteodorisio (CH)
Via S. Lucia, 17/A
Tel.: +39 3494536654
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Website: www.tenutaoderisio.it

 

Must see in Val di Sangro and Vasto:

  • Gorges of Fara San Martino

The gorges of Fara San Martino wind inside a narrow and spectacular canyon characterized by the presence of a fascinating hermitage

  • Roccascalegna Castle

Read my article "Roccascalegna: the castle between heaven and earth

  • Verde Waterfall

Verde Waterfall in Borrello are the highest natural waterfalls in Italy

  • Punta Aderci Nature Reserve

Punta Aderci is a marine reserve with one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy

 


 

DAY 7

 

Zone:

COAST OF TRABOCCHI AND VAL DI FORO

The Coast of Trabocchi is the Abruzzo coast that goes from Vasto to Ortona famous for the presence of overflows on the sea. An area characterized by hills overlooking the sea which represent an ideal place for wine cultivation

 

Route:

Vasto - Rocca San Giovanni - Ortona - Villamagna - Pescara

 

Wineries Coast of Trabocchi and Val di Foro:

 

  • Cantina Frentana

Cantina Frentana is a cooperative company in which 400 winegrowers participate, mainly small family businesses, who cultivate about 800 hectares of vineyards on the Frentane hills. The generous calcareous soil, the gentle alternation of sea and land breezes, the mitigating action of the sea enhance the vocation of this area for high quality viticulture, focused almost entirely on indigenous vines.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Rocca San Giovanni  (CH)
Via Perazza, 32
Tel.: +39 087260152
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Website: www.cantinafrentana.it

 

  • Inverso Vini

Inverso Vini is an innovative company run by two young guys who have joined their family farms in an ambitious project. The company extends for about 50 hectares of vineyards between the Majella, the Gran Sasso and the Adriatic Sea... A triangle of perfumes, microclimate and vegetation unique in the Italian panorama that allows to obtain a product that reflects the company's characteristics: courage and innovation.

The company offers the possibility of visits, tastings and experiences.

Ortona (CH)
C.da Alboreto, 30
Tel.: +39 3938313063
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Website: www.inversovini.com

 

  • Valle Martello

The Valle Martello company extends over 50 hectares of vineyards. One of the main characteristics of the Valle Martello company is its strategic position: the arrangement on two opposite hills, one facing north and the other to the south, allows to obtain highly selected grapes according to the climatic conditions of the wine year .

Villamagna (CH)
Via Valle Martello, 10
Tel.: +39 0871300330
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Website: www.vallemartello.it

 

Must see in Coast of Trabocchi and Val di Foro:

  • Coast of Trabocchi

Read my article "Coast of Trabocchi: the suggestive Abruzzo coast

  • Ortona

Ortona can be defined as the beginning of the Trabocchi coast, clearly visible from the top of its magnificent Aragonese castle


 

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Coast of Trabocchi

 

 

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