About Cantina Colonnella 2019 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo
The Cantina was established in 1971 by small vineyard owners seeking economic viability. With success, it has grown to a modest size of 120 members owning 720 acres. Half of those members own humble parcels of no more than 5 acres. With such manageable scale, the Cantina ensures that every two weeks every member will be visited by one of its vineyard managers.
As in the rest of the region, the Cantina’s vineyards use pergola for vine training (also known as tendone), rather than planting vines in rows. Consequently, 90% of their harvest must be done by hand. 100% of their power comes from renewable sources: either solar power from their own plant or from an energy company that only uses renewable energy.
The Cantina is located in Teramo. The only DOCG in Abruzzo was designated in Teramo in 2003 (“Colline Teramane”). In short, the Cantina may be located in Abruzzo, but its wines arise from a vastly different pedigree than those other Abruzzo wines that flood the market. Le Corone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is 100% Montepulciano. Grapes undergo a short maceration/fermentation of 5-8 days. The wine is then aged for four months in oak.