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Farnese Fantini Montepulciano d`Abruzzo Bio



The Farnese group owns Gran Sasso, Vesevo, Vigneti Zabu, Vigneti del Salento, Vigneti del Vulture and Tufarello, among others, but this is their flagship winery...

The vineyards are based in the northern part of the Abruzzo,  where ripeness and freshness combine in the wines.  Alberto Antonini oversees production, ensuring these wines offer great quality, varietal character and value. 

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The Montepulciano grapes are organically grown in the communes of Ortona , San Salvo and Pollutri, on the Adriatic coast to the north of the Abruzzo region.  Facing south east, the vineyards are on a mix of clay and limestone soils and are trained using both the pergola and Guyot training systems. 

Vintage information

Abundant snow fell at beginning February in Abruzzo, building up water levels which proved beneficial as from the beginning of June to the end of the growing season, there were only 2 days of rain at the end July. The rest of the time, it was sunny with constantly high temperatures. By contrast, the harvest period was very wet. At Farnese they concentrated the harvest of red grapes into a few days in mid October to ensure the health of the grapes was not compromised.  As a result, the reds produced are remarkably concentrated and well-structured. Valentino Schiotti of Farnese rates the 2012 vintage “as one of the best in recent years.


Grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, and then underwent a cold maceration for 4 days. This was followed by fermentation in stainless steel at 24-26°C for 8 to 10 days. This wine did not undergo any oak ageing in order to preserve the vibrant primary fruit characters.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red in colour with garnet hints.  On the nose this is intense, with vibrant dark bramble fruits, complemented by floral and spice characters. These follow through on to the palate which is concentrated, full-bodied and well-balanced with firm tannins.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Montepulciano
Region Abruzzo
Winemaker Filippo Bacalaro
Consultant Winemaker Rino Santeusanio
Certification Organic 
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.6