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. All of the grapes are hand-harvested from a 20 year old vineyard site, comprised of clay and shale soil. Once harvested, the grapes are directly pressed into steel tanks, fermented using native yeasts, and aged for 2 months. No filtering, no fining, no addition of sulphur. Medium bodied, Friday night crusher. Strawberry sorbet, navel oranges, and a soft vanilla finish. Lightly effervescent.