Unlike the vast majority of Montepulciano vineyards, Valle Reale is situated up in the Appenines, near the earthquake zone of Aquila. Result: the slopes get good sunshine in the day, but very cool nights and mornings, so the wine has a backbone of acidity that gives depth and liveliness to this red. The vineyard yields are far less than the wines from the coast, and the weather is more chancey, thus the wines are pricier, but they're in a class by themselves.
|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.