Masciarelli, estate winery in San Martino sulla Marrucina, in the province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Owner | Marina Cvetic, wife of the late Gianni Masciarelli. He founded the estate in 1981, having spent a summer in the Champagne region when young. He became a standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region, going for quality rather than quantity, adopting site-specific viticulture and winemaking aimed at a gentler style of Montepulciano.

Vineyards | Though Gianni Masciarelli began with just five acres in Chieti, over the years the estate has grown to nearly 900 acres across over 60 non-contiguous parcels identified by Gianni for their quality. Masciarelli is the only producer in Abruzzo to own land in all four of the Abruzzo region’s provinces: Chieti, Pescara, Teramo and l’Aquila. In a span of only 30 miles between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Masciarelli has carefully assembled 60 specific sites averaging just 5 acres and spread across the diverse soils and altitudes of the 4 provinces of Abruzzo.

Vineyards–Chieti province | Starting from the south, in the innermost part of the province of Chieti, the hills stretch between the Adriatic sea and the Majella massif (up to 2,700 m asl), elements that profoundly influence the climate. In summer, the temperature can vary from 15 degrees between day and night, offering a generally colder microclimate, compared to the rest of the province. The soil is characterized by a strong presence of limestone; numerous rivers and streams create a great variety of microclimates and environmental niches.

Vineyards–Pescara province | In the province of Pescara, in the vineyards of Loreto Aprutino, the grapes enjoy a splendid slope, about 200 meters above sea level, with clay and loamy soils and a Mediterranean climate. Halfway between the sea and the Calderone glacier, the vineyards are perpetually at the centre of an air flow that, by mitigating the torrid summer days, allows a gradual maturation of the tannins. Without doubt one of the best terroirs of all Abruzzo, where the wines acquire deep aromas, tannins and complexity, without falling into an excessive rusticity.

Vineyards–Teramo province | In the northern part of Abruzzo, the province of Teramo is known as one of the best areas for Montepulciano and abounds in interesting terroirs, such as the famous wine town Controguerra and the valleys around Teramo. The hills, generally low, gently slope from the feet of the Gran Sasso towards the sea. The proximity of the latter (10-20 km) makes the average daytime temperatures generally warmer, while the soils are predominantly clayey and often red in color. Montepulciano here is enriched with typical vegetal notes typical of the sea (fern, gooseberry), large tannins and round structure.

Vineyards–L’Aquila province | The province of L’Aquila is, almost entirely, the mountainous part of Abruzzo. It is the only one of the provinces of Abruzzo that has no access to the sea and extends from north to south parallel to the coastline. It is characterized by important plateaus of lacustrine origin, around which the most consistent human settlements are located, surrounded by the massifs of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga northeast, Sirente-Velino and Monti Simbruini, Monti Cantari and Monti Ernici to the west, Majella to the east, and Monti Marsicani and Monti della Meta to the south.

Winery | The winery is in San Martino sulla Marrucina, in the house that Gianni took over from his grandfather, and the cellar below where he vinified his first vintages.

Wines – Villa Gemma range | The flagship line. Two fresh and lively wines (the white and pink), and the more bodied and complex Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva

Colline Teatine Bianco IGT, Villa Gemma

Abruzzo Cerasuolo DOC, Villa Gemma

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva, Villa Gemma

Wines – Classic line

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, Masciarelli

Colline Teatine IGT Rosato, Masciarelli

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Masciarelli

Wines – Marina Cvetic range | Varietally labelled range launched in 1991 including international (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay) and local (Montepulciano and Trebbiano) grapes.

Chardonnay, Colline Teatine IGT, Marina Cvetic

Cabernet Sauvignon, Colline Teatine IGT, Marina Cvetic

Syrah, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Marina Cvetic

Merlot, Terre Aquilane IGT

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva, Marina Cvetic

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva, Marina Cvetic

Colline Teramane DOCG, Iskra

Wines – Castello di Semivicoli range | Named after a 17th-century baronial mansion, now a boutique hotel, located in the vineyards. Includes a Grappa.

Pecorino, Castello di Semivicoli

Terre Aquilane IGT Rosso, Castello di Semivicoli | Blend of Montepulcinano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, Castello di Semivicoli

Gianni Mascarelli range

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, Masciarelli | From five specific vineyards that range in altitude from 435 to 1,200 feet with soils of calcareous clay and lime.

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC, Masciarelli |

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Masciarelli |

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva, La Botte di Gianni | 2010 A few years ago Marina Cvetic Masciarelli found in the basement two French oak barrels of 700 liters, which had been purchased by Gianni Masciarelli in his constant search for a new project. In the harvest of 2010, a white wine was made and then aged for 30 months in one of the casks. From vineyards: S. Martino sulla Marrucina (Ch), 400 mt s.l. 14.5% alc. 891 numbered bottles.

Red wines

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, La Botte di Gianni | 2010 869 bottles.

Spirits

Grappa, Castello di Semivicoli

Contact

Masciarelli Tenute Agricole s.r.l.

Via Gamberale, 2

I-66010 San Martino sulla Marrucina (CH – Chieti), Italy

Tel+39 0871 85241 or 82333 | www.masciarelli.it