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valentini-bottles-blog.jpg The late Edoardo Velentini was known as The Lord of the Vines’ and his wines rank amonst the Italian elite, they are produced in very small quanties and are incredibly hard to find. The estate is located in the Loreto Aprutino zone of Abruzzo with the family making wine in Abruzzo since the mid 1600s and making wine from Trebbiano from the early 1800’s. As with all great wines, the hard work is done in the vineyard, the vines trained in the traditional ‘pergola’ system, dry grown and the yields are incredibly low with only 5% of the total production makes into a Valentini wine and the rest is sold off to the local co-operative.

All harsh chemical treatments are avoided with the estate being run on organic principles. The fruit is hand-picked and natural fermentation takes place in glass lined concrete tanks and then aged in old large botte. There is still an element of mystery surrounding a lot that goes on at Valentini as visitors are generally not welcome and especially not in the winery as not to ‘compromise’ the native yeasts. The wines are incredibly vivid and fine, with the emphasis on complexity and detail that keep the glass exciting every time you return. They are crafted to age so a big sleep in cellar is definitely recommended.

Region: Abruzzo
Country: Italy