Producer: Tenuta del Priore
This winery, situated in the hills inland from Pescara, was founded in 1973 by 3 cousins, Vincenzo and his brother Giulio with Antonio Mazzocchetti. Believing in the quality potential of the area they gave up the building industry in Rome and swapped to supplying the city with quality wine from their 30 hectares.
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The downturn of the 1980s led to problems and Giulio being bought out by his cousins and the focus changing more to bulk wines. In 2003 Fabrizio, son of Antonia, joins and re-focusses on quality and in particular the quality of the Montepulciano grape, taking over completely in 2008. The vineyards are completely replanted with the emphasis on indigenous grapes grown at altitude over 250 metres high and with lower yields. Three ranges are produced, of which the Campotino is fruit driven, early drinking wines, fermented in stainless steel or concrete with no oak ageing. The Col del Mondo wines are from selected, lower yielding grapes and slightly longer ageing although again, they are designed to be ready to drink.