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Cantina Tollo: organic and vegan certified wines made with native grapes of Abruzzo


Cantina Tollo, the well-known proactive brand from Abruzzo, has released on the market its latest project. The new line, which is made from indigenous grapes and with a sustainable packaging, features five wines certified both organic and vegan. The wines pay homage to the surrounding natural environment which stretches from the Adriatic Sea to the towering Maiella mountain reaching above 2.790 metres asl and boosts an incredible flora and fauna biodiversity. The five wines include Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Dop, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Dop, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Dop, Terre di Chieti Pecorino Igp and Terre di Chieti Passerina Igp.

Each wine is identified by a handmade pencil drawing featuring five bioindicators. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo dop, made from the eponymous juicy and tannic red grape, Montepulciano, is identified with the ladybug, which is an indicator of unpolluted environments. The dragonfly, which inhabits clean water spaces, stands on the label of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Dop from refreshing white Trebbiano variety. Butterflies which reveals huge information about climate change have been chosed to represent a traditional product such as Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, the local dry rosé with a deep salmon hue, cherries aromas and a mineral palate. The stag beetle, living in the fierce old woods of Maiella mountain, stands out on the label of white Terre di Chieti Pecorino Igp whereas the bee is the symbol of the light Terre di Chieti Passerina Igp exuding aromas of citrus and wild flowers.

The whole packaging aims at respecting nature. The capsule is PVC-free, the label is made from recycled paper and cotton fibers, and the box too is made of recycled cardoboard.

The line is aimed at consumers looking for wines with a sense of place, speaking of the land they come from and playing an active role in preserving the environment, from a social and a natural point of view. “Cantina Tollo has always been safeguarding and preserving nature” states Tonino Verna, chairman at Cantina Tollo. “With this new line we want to cast a light on insects which are the daily companions of our grape growers and are the minuscule keepers of our vineyards, helping preserving the natural balance. Today, more than ever before, we have to carefully observe the signals of the environment, understand it, respect the Earth and produce in a sustainable and conscious way”.


Cantina Tollo: authentic wines of Abruzzo

Abruzzo land of sheep, farming and passion for wine. In fact the first evidence of wine production are placed in pre-Roman times.

“Preparing the wine hearts and passion makes them more ready,” wrote Publio Ovidio Nasone, the famous elegy of Sulmona origin.

In Tollo districts in the province of Chieti Tollo winery are of passion, commitment and shared values fundamental elements. The vineyards cover an area of over 3,000 hectares, from the coastal hills to the foothills of the mountains, in a typical Mediterranean climate, temperate, temperature variations that determine optimal conditions for the accumulation of aromatic substances.

The production is focused exclusively on traditional and indigenous varieties of the area, traditionally planted with pergola.
Noteworthy the aging plants, located in Tollo, consisting of barrels and large Slavonian oak barrels, in addition to the concrete vats, currently considered the best for aging.
We tasted:

Montepulciano-AbruzzoMontepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Dop

A Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 100% vinified at controlled temperature at 28 degrees. It presents a ruby red almost purple. The nose gives off its intensity with sour cherry and declining in the notes of berries. The palate is soft, soft in tannins. It is aged for 24 months in oak barrels and 6 in bottles. Perfect for pasta dishes, mushrooms, truffles, meats and seasoned cheeses.


Colle Cavalieri Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Dop

A delicate Trebbiano pale yellow color with green reflections. The nose shows a fruity bouquet, with hints of exotic fruits and fine floral notes. In the mouth and ‘delicate and striking with an almond aftertaste. Ideal as an aperitif with fish, white meats and fresh cheeses.