As the label reads, this wine is ”spontaneously fermented” and ”unfiltered.” The first statement means that only natural or ”wild” yeasts are used in the vinification of this wine. Unfiltered wines are not passed through a micron filter prior to bottling. Together, these processes result in a fuller, more terroir-driven wine with a delicious character all its own.
Valle Reale was founded in 2000 with the goal of producing world-class wines. The Pizzolo family, in close consultation with Professor Leonardo Valenti and the agronomic faculty of the University of Milan, are working to develop a model for central Italian wines and winemaking. Working primarily with the Montepulciano varietal, they aim to create wines that highlight the grape”s intrinsic qualities: strength, exuberance, vitality, color, elegance, balance and depth. The process begins with the careful selection of clones that are best suited to Valle Reale”s soil and climate, and therefore best express the distinct characteristics of the varietal. Their success is evident in the young, vibrant DOC base wine, and even more so in the cru, a new benchmark for Montepulciano d”Abruzzo.