Grapes are direct pressed. Spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts in steel tanks and aging for a few months in the same tanks. Unfiltered wine, neither clarified nor added sulfites.
Farming: Certified organic, practicing biodynamic
Vincenzo Di Meo is a second generation winemaker. Controvento is a small winery from Abruzzo. The company was founded by his father in 1978. He took control of the company 11 years ago and has been the sole propietor and winemaker ever since.
Controvento is certified organic, and 100% Natural. They absolutely no chemicals on their vines and in the cellar, no addition or manipulation of any kind is done during the vinification process. The wines never have any So2, are never clarified, never fined and are allowed to spontaneously ferment.
Grape: 100% Montepulciano
Montepulciano is vigorous red grape variety planted throughout much of central Italy. This grape is most widely planted in Abruzzo where it is responsible for the excellent value red, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. The grape makes deeply red wines and is adaptable to traditional or modern winemaking styles.
Abruzzo is a mountainous region in entral Italy with a significant coastline on the Adriatic sea to the south of Marche and is a very important producer of wine. It is the seventh of Italy's highest producing regions, with total gallons in 2011 at 53 million. Abruzzo is particularly known for two varieties, Montepulciano and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.
Controvento, meaning “Upwind” in Italian, is a 5 hectare vineyard in the Rocca San Giovanni region of Abruzzo just off the Adriatic Sea. Enzo’s farm, situated partially in a valley with the backdrop of the beautiful Adriatic in the distance, is a completely organically-run vineyard. Vines are grown on calcareous soil and cooled by the salty breeze of the Adriatic Sea. Fertilized with only winter green manure, the vines are pruned under the waning moon and zero chemicals of any kind are ever used. Enzo’s philosophy of wine-making is strict, allowing the grapes to flourish in each and every bottle. Enzo said after visiting Cantina that he wanted to make wines like his Grandfather did, in the purest possible form, therefore, he never fines, clarifies, filters, or uses any sulphur and always allows for spontaneous fermentation.
The vines of this farm are between 21 and 23 years old. Grape varietals are mostly Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo and Trebbiano, but Fiano, Passerina, Malvasia and Cabernet all exist in smaller quantities.
Tasting notes: Pomegranate, strawberry, wild flowers
Wine pairing: veggie skewers, barbecue, soft cheeses with strawberries