Teramo – Abruzzo – Italy
In the heart of Abruzzo, Castilenti is situated in a privileged position, half way between the ‘Massiccio of the Gran Sasso’ and the Adriatic Sea.
The extraordinary bounty of this area can be seen in various aspects: the hills, the particular composition of the soil and the peculiar characteristics of the micro-climate.
The vineyards on the hills of the estate are comprised almost exclusively of the native vines that are best suited to the uniqueness of the land.
The identity of the wines of ‘San Lorenzo’ is the authentic essence of these places.
Area of Cultivation and
CELLARS AT Ø KM
Our estate in Castilenti, on the hills of the ‘Teramano’ extends on a sole plot of land, with a surface area of 220 hectares (544 acres) of which 160 hectares (395 acres) are vineyards.
The vineyards are located between gradual and steep slopes (from 3 to >20%), exposed to the South and South-East, with an altitude varying between 250m to 350m above sea level.
The location of the vineyards and the cellars on the same plot of land permit us to reinforce our idea of sustainable agriculture. Due to the short distance between the area of cultivation and the bottling area, the quality of the grapes is maintained intact, eliminating the need for eventual interventions.
The land of our estate possesses unique characteristics due to the conformation of calcareous clay from which it is made up of.
The particular composition of the soil, due to the presence of clay, retains water efficiently, a characteristic considered fundamental to cope with dry seasons while the calcareous component possesses excellent drainage capacities which eliminate diseases due to water retention and humidity.
Among the ‘singular’ components of the land, is the presence of rocks and oblong stones, a little below the surface of the soil which are of particular advantage for the maturation of grapes due to excellent drainage capacities, retention of heat and irradiation.
The Native Vineyards
The vineyards of ‘San Lorenzo’ extend for 160 hectares of the family estate. With respect to the traditions as well as the land, the majority of the facilities are nearly exclusively concentrated on the traditional vines of Abruzzo, positioned in rows or ‘Abruzzese’ pergolas.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC and DOCG Colline Teramane
‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’ is by far the most popular vineyard of these areas: the wines produced on the hills of the ‘Teramane’, achieve the recognition of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin). Different historical documents demonstrate that the vineyards of Montepulciano have existed in Abruzzo since the mid-1700s, and discovering the ideal place for development in this area, is today the maximum expression of the history of wine making in Abruzzo. At the estate ‘San Lorenzo’, the grapes of ‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’, extend for over 95 hectares and are cultivated at an altitude between 280m and 350m above sea level.
From the grapes of the prestigious vineyards of ‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’, it is possible to produce rosè and red wines with the certification DOC and DOCG.
Pecorino Abruzzo DOC
Present in Abruzzo from the times of the Transhumance, ‘Pecorino’ is known as “wine that springs from the rock” for its remarkable and well-known minerals. Today, this vineyard is the pride of the ‘San Lorenzo’ Cellars: on the hills, at an altitude of 250m, vines of ‘Pecorino’ have the best conditions relating to the accumulation of aromatic substances and produce wines of importance and longevity.
Passerina Colli aprutini IGT
Passerina: Cultivated from ancient times in Central Italy, ‘Passerina’ is also known as the “golden grapes” for its intense yellow coloured berries. The vines distinguish themselves for the strong concentration of sugar and the abundant presence of beneficial substances such as Quercetin, a flavonoid ally of good health.
Due to the rich combination of different elements such as exposure, soil and winds, ‘Passerina’ has the perfect equilibrium as its maximum expression.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC
The first historical sources that speak of ‘Trebbiano d’Abruzzo’ date back to the XVI Century, however, it is from 1972, with the introduction of the DOC, that the vineyards are realistically appreciated on a quality basis, giving life to fresh and aromatic wines.
Positioned in a favourable area of the ‘Gran Sasso’, our territory results in being one of the more suited areas for the cultivation of ‘Trebbiano d’Abruzzo’. The perfect temperature variation and the good aeration enhance the prestigious characteristics and authenticity of the vines.
The human factor is fundamental for the realisation of wines that enhance the vocation of the land.
The respect for the fruit and its characteristics is an important principle of our enological approach: the grapes are meticulously processed according to their quality with the objective of enhancing the organoleptic features of every single vineyard.
With our approach to sustainable viticulture, spontaneous fermentation is very popular due to its natural procedure that allows us to highlight the aromatic touch of the indigenous yeasts which produces wines of greater complexity with authentic flavours and scents of the area.
The wines, according to the particular characteristics of every type, are aged in cement, steel or oak barrels.
Oggi, la cantina San Lorenzo è la più grande azienda vinicola familiare del teramano con i suoi 150 ettari che formano un unico grande appezzamento che si estende su tre crinali di collina che incastona, tra le geometrie dei vigneti, tre laghetti di color verde intenso dove si specchia nelle giornate limpide, il blu del cielo terso.
E’ tutto un susseguirsi di vigne inframmezzate da stradine di campagna bordate di ritti cipressi e poi gli antichi casolari, ristrutturati con cura che destiniamo all’accoglienza degli ospiti e ai momenti di convivialita’. Sono pieno d’orgoglio guardando tutto questo e sapendo di poterlo trasmettere ai miei nipoti insieme all’amore per il mio lavoro.