Iole Rabasco inherited her family’s small vineyard and olive grove, neither of which have ever been treated with chemicals. And she’s taken that blessing and run with it.
Her property is nestled in north-central Abruzzo where you have unique meso- and micro-climates. Her 3.5 hectares are located in the village of Pianella, in the province of Pescara, about 40 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. The base of the Gran Sasso mountain range runs along its Western edge.
Almost all of her vines are Montepulciano, but she also has a couple of rows of Trebbiano. Her vines, on average, are 40-years-old, and are 450 meters above sea level. Soils are calcareous clay mixed with alluvial sediment and fossil remains. The vines are trained in the traditional tendone-style pergola, and all the work is done by hand. She intentionally keeps her yields low. She prefers, as do we, her wines to have acidity and freshness rather than power and extraction.