At the foothills of the Majella mountains sits the Filomusi-Guelfi family estate, residents of this high Apennine massif since the 1500s. Located in Tocco di Casauria within the province of Pescara, the estate was founded when the Filomusi and Guelfi families became related through marriage, ultimately bringing their joint property ownership to a total of 10 hectares. From these hectares, the family has been farming fruit and making wine each year since these humble beginnings almost 500 years ago.
Lorenzo Filomusi-Guelfi became the sole owner of the estate in 1983 and focused on crafting beautiful illustrations of Abruzzo as an ode to his family’s legacy. It is here in Lorenzo’s home town of Tocco di Casauria, in fact, that the Montepulciano grape is said to be best expressed, according to official documents dating back to 1821. The climate in this zone is airy and dry and enjoys high diurnal swings, ensuring healthy fruit that has the time and space to ripen perfectly.
Now under the watchful eye of Alessandro Filomusi, who has since inherited the estate after his father’s untimely passing, and oenologist Lorenzo Costantini, the wines of Filomusi-Guelfi continue to tell the rich story of a passion cultivated. Sustainable farming practices.
Filomusi Guelfi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made from 6.8 hectares of 100% Montepulciano grapes grown at 255 meters above sea level in sandy-clay soils. Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 5-6 days in glass-lined cement tanks, and then the wine matures in the same tanks for 18 months. 4,500 cases produced on average annually.
Ruby red in color with an intense nose of red berries and violet. Warm medium-bodied flavor. Soft, fresh, and tannic with an intense and persistent finish. Pairs well with risotto, spicy salame and hard cheeses.