Nestled amidst the scenic landscapes of central Italy, the Controguerra DOC is a gem of winemaking tradition. The region is kissed by the warm Mediterranean sun, cradled between rolling hills and the coastal embrace of the Adriatic Sea. This unique positioning gives the vineyards a moderating marine influence, ensuring that the grapes experience the perfect balance of warm days and cool nights.
But what truly sets Controguerra DOC apart is its remarkable palette of grape varieties. For reds, Montepulciano leads the charge, lending its rich, robust character to the wines. This indigenous grape, deeply rooted in the region's history, often mingles with the velvety notes of Merlot and the structured elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a symphony of flavors in every sip.
Whites from Controguerra DOC are no less impressive. Trebbiano, with its crisp acidity and refreshing citrus notes, often takes center stage. But there's also the allure of Passerina, a lesser-known but equally captivating variety that brings a bouquet of floral aromas and a zesty palate.
Together, the vineyards, the climate, and the cherished grape varieties of Controguerra DOC come together in a harmonious dance, crafting wines that truly capture the essence of this remarkable terroir. Whether you're sipping on a deep, complex red or a vibrant, aromatic white, a taste of Controguerra is a journey to the heart of Italian viticulture.
The DOC Controguerra is part of the Abruzzo wine region, and comprises the municipalities of Controguerra, Torano Nuovo, Ancarano, Corropoli and Colonnella, all located in the province of Teramo.
The region's climate is warm and temperate, with a good amount of rainfall throughout the year (952 mm).
Regarding the soils, this region has clay loam soils, being a little looser in the areas closer to the coast. The vineyards tend to be located in areas with less steep slopes and good exposure to sunlight. A very important aspect in the region is the altitude, as the vineyards under this DOC cannot exceed 400 meters above sea level.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Trebbiano, Passerina
In the charming Controguerra DOC wine region, a symphony of flavors awaits in a collection of distinct wines: Passerina, Pecorino, Rosso, Rosato, and Spumante Metodo Classico.
Passerina, a white wine, captivates with a minimum of 85% Passerina grapes accompanied by other authorized varieties. Its aromatic bouquet dances with notes of white flowers and citrus, offering a crisp and refreshing profile that embodies the region's essence.
Pecorino, another esteemed white, harmonizes a minimum of 85% Pecorino grapes with companion varietals. This wine presents a journey of complexity, combining floral and herbal aromas with a medium to full body, a testament to the grape's character.
Rosso and Rosato, both red and rosé, are crafted with a minimum of 70% Montepulciano grapes, blending seamlessly with other authorized red varieties. Rosso unfolds with a medley of red fruit flavors, while Rosato delights with its pink hue and vibrant notes, capturing the region's charm.
Elevating the collection is Spumante Metodo Classico, a sparkling masterpiece. It harmonizes a minimum of 60% Trebbiano with at least 30% Chardonnay, Pecorino, and/or Verdicchio, along with a touch of other authorized white grapes. This sparkling gem undergoes a classic method of secondary fermentation, resulting in refined bubbles that dance upon the palate.
In Controguerra DOC, each wine narrates a story of the land, the grape varieties, and the passionate craftsmanship that brings them to life. These wines invite you to explore the diversity of the region, offering a taste of its terroir and its commitment to producing exceptional wines.