Azienda Agricola Binomio | Estate in San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It was founded by Stefano Inama (Inama Azienda Agricola in Soave, Veneto) and Sabatino di Properzio.
The name | Binomio means ‘two names’. Stefano Inama and Sabatino di Properzio first met at Prowein in Dusseldorf in 1997. A friendship was born, along with the idea of producing a great Montepulciano d’Abruzzo together, a wine they wanted to be both sumptuous and modern. The vision was to create a compelling wine with mature tannins, ready to be drunk just after opening.
Fattoria La Valentina and Azienda Agricola Inama developed the project during the first two vintages of 1998 and 1999. The operation really took off in 2000 with the purchase of an extraordinary vineyard in Località San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore. This old 4.2-hectare vineyard was planted in the 1970s in a splendid position very near to the Majella National Park.
The vineyard | Located on the Abruzzo–Pescara border, on the edge of the park on the hills of Mount Majella. 4.2 hectares. 300-350 metres above sea level. South-facing. Soil is clayey with average consistency. Yields: 4.5–5 tonnes per hectare. The Binomio vines date from the 1970s (or older) are trained to the classic, open “tendone abruzzese” (pergola) with three canes per vine. 1600 – 2000 vines per hectare. The vineyard had had a rather troubled past and had gone through several hands before ending up as a lot in a legal auction where the owners were able to buy it. They were the only ones participating at the auction as the vineyard was known for its poor production and nobody wanted it. The owners cite ‘the warm situation of the vineyard’ as one ‘the main factors that make Binomio unique, together with the historical grape clone. The vine is an old Montepulciano biotype variety defined as the “Africa-Binomio clone” that produces short-tailed bunches with small berries that resemble the shape of the African continent.’
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG, Binomio | Montepulciano. Hand picked.
BINOMIO S.S. di S. Inama & S. Di Properzio
Via Torretta, 52
I-65010 Spoltore (PE), Italy
GPS Lat. 42.256523 – Long. 13.962323