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.
100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel using native yeasts. The juice stays with the skins for a short period and then is bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero sulphur. Lightly sparkling with a splash of acidity. Peppery spice and richer red fruits prevail on the palate, with a grippy and savory finish.