Abruzzo region is situated on the east coast of Italy and is a region full of colors: the blue of the Adriatic sea, the greens of the national parks and the brown of the Appenine mountains.
The name derives from Listitieratu Aprutii, the name chosen by 12th century Emperor Frederick I, who founded the Kingdom of Southern Italy. Territorial claim passed through the centuries from Spain to Austria and then Napoleon’s French empire, ending in 1860 with Giuseppe Garibaldi’s victory that finally united Italy.
Abruzzo, with its rolling foothills, is perfectly suited for vineyards.
Its winemaking history stretches at least as far back as the Etruscans in the 6th century BC. Polytheism begs for wine, and there was much of it flowing in ancient Abruzzi.
The vineyards were concentrated mainly in the Peligna Valley near what is now modern day L’Aquila but the amount of production has varied over time as populations grew and declined.
The region actually produces more wine than many higher-profile areas, such as Tuscany. Abruzzo makes about 40 million cases of wine per year and ranks fifth in Italy for volume of wine produced.
While wine is produced in all four of Abruzzo's provinces, the bulk of the production takes place in the province of Chieti (where Due Maestà is produced) which is the fifth largest producing province in all of Italy.
Here vineyards warmed by the dry Adriatic breezes during the summer can produce prodigious yields.
The principal wines are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (not to be confused with the Tuscan town of the same name where Vino Nobile is produced) Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo.
Together with Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is one of the most widely exported DOC wine from Italy.
Abruzzo’s wine industry is trying to increase its international appeal by promoting artisanal and traditional wines like Due Maestà.
The Abruzzo region is also world renowned for its rich and comforting cuisine that goes perfectly with a whole range of wines.
Stay with us, we are going to suggest you some traditional abruzzo recipes of Abruzzo to match Due Maestà wines!