Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy
The Farnese group was founded in 1994 by Valentino Sciotti with the aim to produce top-quality wine from Abruzzo. The enterprise was so successful that the group decided to expand further south in Italy and also into Sicily. Today the Farnese group includes Cantina Diomede, Gran Sasso, Vesevo, Vigneti del Salento, Vigneti del Vulture, Tufarello and Zabù, among others. Alberto Antonini oversees production, ensuring that these wines offer great quality, varietal character and value. Their elegant and striking packaging makes them stand out on the shelf or table.
Fantini is their flagship winery, producing wines from vineyards based in the northern part of Abruzzo, where ripeness and freshness combine in the wines. The forward and accessible Sangiovese is a case in point. All the wines made from Montepulciano have the hallmark colour and intensity of this variety but with a balance and accessibility that is often lacking in wines from this region. The deeply coloured, intense and powerful ‘Edizione’ Cinque Autoctoni is, according to owner Valentino Sciotti, “a true taste of southern Italy”. A blend of five native grape varieties (Montepulciano, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Malvasia Rossa) grown across Abruzzo and Puglia, it is full and powerful yet fresh and nicely defined. Their Cuvée Bianco Brut is a refreshing sparkling wine made from the local Cococciola; the Cuvée Rosato Brut is made of Aglianico from Basilicata. Both come in beautifully designed bottles with a Swarovski crystal on the label.