Like international varietals, the Montepulciano grape is a victim of industrial production by mass-producers. But not all is failed. Deep in the heart of the Abruzzo region, Emilio Rapino buries his heart in the soil with the roots of quality vines. This small-craft enologist has his own take on Italy's second most produced varietal. Whatever your opinion is about Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, it will be changed forever.
The vinyeards of Cantina Rapino are located in Francavilla al Mare, province of Chieti. The plots enjoy sea winds from the Adriatic while getting protection from the Appenine Mountains on the opposite side. Abruzzo is considered "the greenest region in Italy." So why not make a trip to enjoy nature, the sea, and the wines? Owner and enologist, Emilio Rapino, believes in a powerful but controlled full body and aromatic Montepulciano. The winery practices manual farming and low yields to bring you Abruzzesi wines with lots of character. Montepulciano wines that you'll never forget! Total bottle production: 25,000 annual.
If you've ever had a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo before, it was probably mass-produced. Whether your first impression was good or bad, the Rapino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo will re-define it. Hand-harvesting and hand-selection of only the finest Montepulciano grapes and aged in cement vats. This is an ancient practice that produces unforgettable drops of greatness. While it's yummy to drink fresh, you can also age the wine a few years in your cellar. Although, once you've tasted one of these, they won't be safe in your cellar for long! Soft but strong full body with bright red fruits and spices. The finish has earthy tones of tar, ash, and espresso. The savory finish satisfies the soul. You can't go wrong when pairing this wine, so don't even think about it. Just pop the cork. 6,000 bottles annual production.
Trebbiano is one of the most cultivated white grapes in Italy. It is said that some of the best Trebbiano wines come from the Trebbiano Abruzzese grape. While it's difficult to find a needle in a stack so is finding a good Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. The key to craft Trebbiano is harvesting at a lower yield. The Rapino Trebbiano is the perfect white wine to start the evening off while greeting friends or to guide you through a fish dinner. The wine might not be love at first sip. Rather, your love of the wine will grow with time. I'd say, by the second glass you'll be "head over heels." Handcrafted at the origin. 6,000 bottles annually.
Emilio Rapino is an up and coming enologist and owner of his family winery in Abruzzo. While his family is well known in the region for producing some of the region's best local wines, Emilio made the decision to take the quality to the next level. He's the first winemaker in his family to have studied Oenology in school. But that doesn't mean he's going to throw away traditions and culture. Rapino invests much of his time in the vineyard. He's not a laboratory rat like the mass production wineries use to alter and engineer subpar juice. He focuses on guyot vine training using sustainable and organic methods. Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is considered by many as being one of the best Rosè in all of Italy. Medium plus bodied, rose petal fragrance, with watermelon, citrus and crisp dry finish. 6,000 bottles produced per annum.
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