Valle Reale Winery 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.
Valle Reale Winery Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Organic Grapes) DOC 2014
The organic Montepulciano grapes that produce this wine are sourced from two separate vineyards: Popoli and Capestrano. Capestrano’s soaring summer temperatures and silty soils yield richness and structure. The rocky and exposed terrain of Popoli bestows fragrance and freshness. Spontaneous fermentation binds the raw materials into a sum that is greater than its individual parts– a wine that is both rich and elegant, and that speaks clearly of its terroir.
Bright ruby-red in color, this youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish.
This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, and risotto ai funghi.
Valle Reale Winery Cerasuolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Organic Grapes) DOC 2015
Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, Valle Reale’s Cerasuolo, which translates as “cherry-red,” is a deeply colored rosé produced by a short maceration before separating the juice from the skins. Cool summer nights, windswept days, and thin, stony soils characterize the section of vineyard from which the fruit for this wine is sourced. Spontaneous fermentation initiated and carried out by indigenous yeasts add further to the complex aromas and flavors of this wine.
Intense salmon-pink in color, with generous aromas of sour cherry, strawberry jam and wild herbs. This wine is medium-bodied and fresh, with layers of bright fruit flavor, brisk acidity, and defining minerality that culminate in a long and balanced finish.
Valle Reale Cerasuolo is recommended with grilled tuna, swordfish, quail, white meats, or mixed pasta salads.
Valle Reale Winery Trebbiano d’Abruzzo (Organic Grapes) DOC 2014
Although the DOC rules for Trebbiano d’Abruzzo permit some of the highest yields in Italy (5.6 tons per acre), Valle Reale coaxes much less (4.4 tons per acre) from their Trebbiano vines for maximum concentration of aromas and flavors. Valle Reale’s Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is the product of certified Organic grapes which undergo spontaneous fermentation that is carried out by indigenous yeasts. All of this helps to create a wine that is truly unique and reflective of its terroir.
Concentrated and elegant, Valle Reale’s Trebbiano d’Abruzzo combines bright fruit with delicate aromas of white flowers and flint (an aroma encouraged by the old-fashioned pied-de-cuve technique).
Pair this wine with grilled vegetables and rustic pasta courses like Spaghetti alla Carbonara as well as roasted poultry, sharp cheeses, and cured meats.