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La Valentina is a leading example of the modern renaissance of winemaking in Abruzzo. The region has a history as a source of inexpensive bulk wine production, but a new generation of winemakers have dedicated themselves to harnessing the excellent terroir to produce high quality rather than high quantity—and La Valentina is at the forefront of this movement. 

Rather than turning to international grape varieties or varieties that are more at home in other regions, the Di Properzio brothers remain true to the traditional varieties associated with Abruzzo: Montepulciano and Trebbiano Abruzzese, along with a time-honored but almost forgotten variety, Pecorino. The shift in focus is not in the grapes but in the way they are grown and vinified. 

It all starts with the land, and in addition to vineyards close to the winery, La Valentina has acquired several vineyard sites that are located at higher elevations in the foothills of the Apennines, near a national park in pristine conditions. In all their vineyards, the Di Properzios have made a strong commitment to sustainability—avoiding the use of artificial or chemical products, ensuring maximum biodiversity, and relying on minimal intervention in the land’s natural processes. To this end, all the estate vineyards have been certified organic since 2016.  

La Valentina’s winemaking is managed by consulting enologist Luca D’Attoma, who joined the winery team in 1998. The winery’s philosophy is to intervene as little as possible in the natural wine growing processes, adhering to the concept that high-quality wine “has the mark of the vine on its grapes.” By ensuring that the land remains highly fertile and keeping the plants healthy, they are able to fight off parasites and disease on their own and express themselves fully and produce the healthiest possible grapes of the absolute highest quality. The emphasis on sustainability continues in the winery where they use electricity only from renewable sources and practicing water-saving procedures.

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WINERY LOCATION: Spoltore (Pescara province), Abruzzo
REGION: Montepulciano d’abruzzo DOC, Cerasuolo d’abruzzo DOC, Trebbiano d’abruzzo DOC, IGT Colline Pescaresi
VINEYARD LAND: 98 acres (40 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable & Practicing Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Pecorino and a small amount of Fiano
WINE STYLES: Dry red; dry rosato; dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 350,000 bottles (260,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1990
OWNER(S): Sabatino, Roberto, and Andrea Di Properzio
WINEMAKER(S): Luca D’Attoma

WINES

LA VALENTINA MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC

La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an excellent example of the Abruzzo region’s most characteristic wine—a hearty red wine made from 100% Montepulciano grapes. This is the red entry in La Valentina’s Classica line, which showcases the traditional wines of Abruzzo at their best.

LA VALENTINA “SPELT” MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO RISERVA DOC

The Spelt Montepulciano d’Abruzzo represents a fuller-bodied version of this traditional wine compared with La Valentina’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in the Classica line. It is made with the first selection of Montepulciano grapes from the vineyards. In addition, all of the wine for Spelt is aged in wood, for a total of 18 months. The result is a more robust and complex wine. The name Spelt refers to a type of wheat (faro in Italian) that once grew where the La Valentina winery and village of Spoltore (whose name itself derives from spelt) are now located.

LA VALENTINA “BELLOVEDERE” MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO TERRE DEI VESTINI RISERVA DOC

La Valentina’s Bellovedere is the winery’s highest expression of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It is a single-vineyard wine from the subzone of Terre dei Vestini, in the rolling hills near the Abruzzo coast and the city of Pescara. The Bellovedere is intended to demonstrate the great possibilities of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and as such the wine is produced only in the years with great weather conditions and fully mature grapes. The Bellovedere vineyard takes its name from a park in the center of Spoltore with a view of the vineyards and the ridgeline of the Gran Sasso peaks behind, as shown on the label.

LA VALENTINA PECORINO COLLINE PESCARESI IGT

Pecorino is one of the most exciting native white grape varieties to have been "rediscovered" in Italy in recent years and Abruzzo is the source for many of the best. La Valentina’s Pecorino is a delicious white wine made from 100% Pecorino from the Colline Pescaresi (hills of Pescara). A bit of aging on the lees adds complexity and weight to this wine.  The name Pecorino is derived from Uve delle Pecora, a reference to the sheepherders who ate the grapes while accompanying their flocks across the hills and valleys of Abruzzo and the Marche.  

LA VALENTINA TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC

The white entry in La Valentina’s Classica line is this Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, made from mostly Trebbiano Abruzzese grapes—a superior type of Trebbiano.

LA VALENTINA CERASUOLO D’ABRUZZO DOC

La Valentina Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a versatile rosé wine made from the same grapes as the winery’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Shortly after the grapes begin their cold maceration, a portion of the juice—at this point, only lightly colored—is drawn off to be fermented like a white wine. Abruzzo is recognized as one of Italy’s best sources for rosato wine, or cerasuolo as it is known in this region. Being made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, this rosé entry in La Valentina’s Classica line has more body than the usual rosé, allowing it to pair well with a wide range of foods.

LA VALENTINA "SPELT" CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO DOC SUPERIORE

Cerasuolo DOC is one of the few recognized designations for rosato wines in Italy.  Cerasuolo means "cherry" and refers to the color hue the wine takes from limited skin contact with Montepulciano grapes.  La Valentina's Spelt Cerasuolo is a little more structured and serious than their entry level one, but it still maintains freshness and bright cherry fruit on the palate.  Organic Certified.  

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Spoltore (Pescara province), Abruzzo

VINEYARD:
Pescara province, Abruzzo

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89
FEBRUARY 2024
La Valentina “Spelt” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2020

Dark and tangy, with a lush core of blackberry, mulberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, revealing accents of oolong tea leaf and spiced orange peel. Shows taut, fine tannins that impart a tightly meshed feel, but this is silky and balanced overall, opening nicely on the palate and in the glass. Drink now through 2029. 11,500 cases made, 5,000 cases imported.

89
APRIL 2022
La Valentina Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2021

The 2021 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is sweetly scented with white strawberries, dusty rose and a hint of confectioners’ sugar. It envelopes the palate in silken textures, as ripe red fruits give way to inner florals and hints of spice. Nuances of licorice and cherry linger as this finishes fresh.

93
SEPTEMBER 2021
La Valentina "Spelt" Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC Superiore 2020

The very dark pink color announces a light red, but this is in fact a full-blown rosé with lots of lightly candied cherry and raspberry character, together with a full body, lightly firm tannins and plenty of juicy flavor, driving long and hard into a persistent, fruity finish. Call it what you like, it’s outstanding. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.

17
MAY 2023
La Valentina “Bellovedere” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva DOC 2019

Deep crimson. A complex yet not overtly exuberant nose of blackberry, blueberry and with hints of iron, damson and liquorice powder; sweet oak hints and a suggestion of coffee bean and bell pepper. Elegant, fluid palate of blackberry and raspberry fruit – more savoury than sweet. Velvety tannins and supple acidity create the perfect balance. Silky smoothness, yet fresh. Not a brawny wine and now at its peak, even if it hardly shows any signs of development. Certified organic by ICEA. 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from the Bellovedere vineyard trained on pergola at 200 m elevation with south-south-east exposure in Spoltore. The vines are on average 46 years old. Fermented in tronconic Slavonian oak casks. Malolactic conversion and aged for 18 months in barriques, tonneaux and concrete. Unfiltered and unfined.

94
JUNE 2023
La Valentina “Bellovedere” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva DOC 2020

Right from the start you get the idea of a balanced and complex wine, exuding aromas of spicy red and black berries, pressed flowers, perfumed minerals and a hint of red licorice. Full-bodied with a very fine, velvety mouthfeel and just the right amount of riserva-style vanilla, allowing the fruit to roam freely. The tannins are nicely poised and the finish is long. Nicely layered with no jagged edges. Drinkable now, but best from 2025.

92
JUNE 2021
La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2018

Plum, blackberry, bay leaf and spices on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, sleek tannins. Juicy with lively acidity and a fruity, spicy finish. Drink now.

90
OCTOBER 2022
La Valentina “Spelt” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2018

The aromatics on the 2018 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Spelt captivate, expertly mixing crushed cherries with autumnal spice, dried citrus peels and hints of shaved cedar. It takes a turn toward the savory spectrum on the palate, drenching the senses with mineral-tinged, tart red berries and grippy tannins that mount toward the close. A coating of primary concentration further accentuates the wine's structured feel as it finishes long, with hints of blackberries and lavender left behind. The 2018 doesn’t possess the power of the best vintages; however, with a short stay in the cellar, it should drink beautifully for a number of years.

89
APRIL 2021
La Valentina Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGT 2019

The 2019 Pecorino mixes savory with spicy and sweet in a display that contrasts honied florals with tart orchard fruits and zests of citrus. This is silky, almost oily in feel, showing ripe pear and nectarine cast across a core of bright acidity. Notes of mango and papaya linger through the long and tropical finale. Although fruit-forward and extroverted in character, the 2019 maintains balance.