Cirelli La Collina 'Amphora' Montepulciano D' Abruzzo, Italy 2018

Cirelli La Collina 'Amphora' Montepulciano D' Abruzzo, Italy 2018

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Style: Red

Vintage: 2018

ABV: 13 % 

Region: Abruzzo

Country:  Italy 

Varietals: 100% Montepulciano

Vineyard Size: 2 Hectares

Average Age of Vines: 6 years

Farming: organic

Harvest: by hand

Winemaking: destemmed, gentle press, 12 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in amphora with indigenous yeasts

Aging: 12 months in amphora

Fining: none


Pairing Ideas: What does Montepulciano d'Abruzzo go with? 
Montepulciano is a great wine to pair with savory and hearty meat dishes as the wine has a slight tannic quality and great acidity which cuts nicely through richness provided by the fat in hearty dishes. Try serving it alongside beef bolognese, beef brisket, meatloaf, summer barbecue, and thick hamburgers as well as any dish with a rich tomato-based or cheese sauces. 

Francesco and Michela Cirelli

Agricola Cirelli is an organic farm certified by IMC surrounded by 23 hectares of land. All of its production is designed to respect the natural cycles of the olive trees, vineyards, horticultural crops and the animal breeding. Crop rotation, natural fertilization, and free range animal grazing are Agricola Cirelli’s “techniques” of production. This harmonious environment creates olive oil, wine, vegetables, fruit and meats of supreme quality.

The farm grows its food and wine in total respect of organic agriculture. Nature sets the rules and it dictates the rhythm of every activity. The animals’ interaction with the land offer natural grazing and fertilization of the vines, which means there is no need to use harmful chemical substances.

Francesco purchased the land in 2003 right after his graduation in Economics at a prestigious European university. Before this, he was a student at the Italian Navy College. He decided to dedicate himself to organic agriculture because of the profound values of working the land (“Right after God the farmer comes next” he was told once). He is now helped out by his fiancée, Michela.

His favorite wine is his amphora-fermented wine, as they are truly artisanal containers. There is an obligation to only interact manually with the juice, using nothing other than your body. If you have to clean the vessel, you have to go inside it with your swim suit to clean the vessel. This makes for a more emotional process and requires more effort. It’s you and the clay vessel, that is all.