• "Gianni Masciarelli" Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2020

      “Gianni Masciarelli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2020

      Classic Trebbiano d'Abruzzo with fresh aromas of citrus and flowers. Young, agile and varietal in taste. Correctly vinified at an unbeatable price. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2020 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo wafts up with a pretty display of ripe apple, chamomile and honied florals. It's silky and textural, with a contrasting mix of citrus-tinged orchard fruits and minerals. This tapers off clean and precise with a lingering hint of sour green melon." Vinous

      • Vinous:88 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Trebbiano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 21,00 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,00 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,50 g/l
      • Sulfite: 95 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,10
      • Closure: Diam
      • Serving Temperature: 8-10 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023
      • Food Recommendations: grilled polpo
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100120 · 0,75 l · 10,60 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      7,95 €
    • "Gianni Masciarelli" Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC 2020

      “Gianni Masciarelli” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2020

      The Gianni Masciarelli line is intended to embody the typicality of the region, and so this Rosato is powerful and full-bodied, as you would expect from the grape variety and terroir. Intense cherry pink. Delicately fruity-spicy aroma, robust on the palate with plenty of structure. Finishes with a fine minerality and berry fruit. SUPERIORE.DE

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      The 2019 vintage received the following awards:

      • James Suckling:90 points
      • Falstaff:92 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Closure: Diam
      • Serving Temperature: 8-10 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102720 · 0,75 l · 10,60 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      7,95 €
    • "Gianni Masciarelli" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2017

      “Gianni Masciarelli” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2017

      Classic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, emphatically fresh and not too heavy. Small red berries and spices on the nose, harmonious and round on the palate. Great value. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, cloves, sandalwood and seashells. Ash and smoked meat, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with smooth tannins. Some smoky minerality on the finish. Rich, juicy nature to this." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Slow Wine:Everyday wine
      • James Suckling:91 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 31,85 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,55 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 3,15 g/l
      • Sulfite: 98 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,48
      • Closure: plastic cork
      • Serving Temperature: 16-18 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2022
      • Food Recommendations: chicken in chilli sauce
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102117 · 0,75 l · 11,93 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      8,95 €
    • "Villa Gemma" Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC 2019

      “Villa Gemma” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2019

      Pure Rosato from Montepulciano grapes: Brilliant, bright colour, fresh, fruity, floral fragrance, notes of red berries and a hint of citrus. Smooth, juicy and full-bodied on the palate. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Intense cherry pink with brilliant reflexes. Fruity and complex nose, slightly spicy, rich young cherry, forest berries, blood orange juice. Balanced on the palate, well balanced, nice balance between fruit and acidity, good length, nice play." Falstaff

      "Bright, pale cherry-red color. Lots of ripe strawberries on the nose here, with some peach and rose-petal jam, too. A medium-to full-bodied Cerasuolo rosé with medium acidity and pronounced red-fruit and candied-cherry flavors." James Suckling

      "The 2019 Villa Gemma Cerasuolo shows depths of rich red berry fruits on the nose, complemented by notes of sweet sage, a hint of lemon, and crushed stone. On the palate, silky textures wash across the senses, buzzing with energy, as brisk acids create a push-and-pull of savory and sweet, while saline-minerals saturate toward the finale. Rosy florals, cranberry, and a hint of spice all linger for what seems to be a full minute, with a hint of fine tannin to punctuate the experience. This is a gorgeous expression of Montepulciano fruit, and it shows why Cerasuolo is such a popular category in Abruzzo." Vinous

      • Vinous:91 points
      • James Suckling:91 points
      • Falstaff:94 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 23,20 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,86 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 5,90 g/l
      • Sulfite: 22 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,08
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 8-10 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2022+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102519 · 0,75 l · 11,99 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      9,90 €8,99 €
    • "Villa Gemma" Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC 2020

      “Villa Gemma” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2020

      Pure-varietal Rosato made from Montepulciano grapes: strong bright cherry-pink, fresh fruity, floral scent, notes of red berries and a hint of citrus and blood orange. Supple, juicy and full-bodied on the palate. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The wickedly fresh 2020 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Villa Gemma leads with dusty red florals, dried strawberries and sweet white smoke. It fills the palate with fleshy textures contrasted by zesty acids and spice. Tart cherry and hints of blueberry collect toward the close, along with hints of round tannin. This is persistent and lightly structured, yet it still buzzes with energy, making the 2020 an excellent option for drinking now or through short-term cellaring. Nicely done." Vinous

      • Vinous:92 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 24,55 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,80 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 5,33 g/l
      • Sulfite: 36 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,15
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 8-10 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102520 · 0,75 l · 13,20 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      9,90 €
    • "Villa Gemma" Bianco Colline Teatine IGT 2019

      “Villa Gemma” Bianco Colline Teatine IGT 2019

      The white cuvée Villa Gemma, mainly Trebbiano, has a pleasant aroma of peach, mint and flowers. Structured and graceful, with a mineral note, flattering and long flowing fresh taste. Excellent value! SUPERIORE.DE

      "Plenty of green apple, lemon and some crushed stone on the nose and palate. Medium to full body and a tangy, minerally aftertaste." James Suckling

      • Vinibuoni:
      • James Suckling:90 points
      • Falstaff:91 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Trebbiano, 15% Cococciola, 5% Chardonnay
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 22,85 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,05 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 3,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 88 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,22
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 8-10 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2022+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100419 · 0,75 l · 14,00 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping< 24 units available

      10,50 €
    • "Castello di Semivicoli" Pecorino d'Abruzzo DOC 2019

      “Castello di Semivicoli” Pecorino d’Abruzzo DOC 2019

      Pecorino Castello di Semivicoli presents itself in a brilliant straw yellow colour. Aromas of fresh citrus fruits, apricot and melon are complemented by floral nuances and beautiful herbal spicy tones. Clear and fruity on the palate, with good fullness and nice length. A prime example of a grape variety that has been almost forgotten for a long time. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A medium-bodied white with aromas and flavors of white peaches, sliced apples and pear blossom. Hot stones and hazelnuts, too. Crisp acidity and firm tension on the finish." James Suckling

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Luca Maroni:91 points
      • Vinibuoni:
      • James Suckling:91 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Pecorino
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 10-12 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100619 · 0,75 l · 18,53 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      13,90 €
    • "Castello di Semivicoli" Rosso Terre di Chieti IGT 2017

      “Castello di Semivicoli” Rosso Terre di Chieti IGT 2017

      Castello di Semivicoli is a great Rosso from the Chieti area and Masciarellis first red wine cuvée. The vines in the vineyards of the province of L'Aquila were planted by Gianni Masciarelli in 2003.

      Medium purple red. In the bouquet black berries and beautiful peppery notes with some tobacco, violet and vanilla. Powerful and silky on the palate, polished tannin and a wonderfully fruity finish. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Brambleberries, dark cherries and fresh herbs all make for an enticing nose. Medium body, firm tannins and boisterous dark plums." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • James Suckling:92 points
      • Grape Varieties: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: Stainless steel
      • Development: Stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 34,30 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,56 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,10 g/l
      • Sulfite: 125 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,55
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102417 · 0,75 l · 19,87 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping< 24 units available

      14,90 €
    • "Marina Cvetic" (S. Martino Rosso) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2017

      “Marina Cvetic” (S. Martino Rosso) Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2017

      Powerful, concentrated Montepulciano with elegant wood notes and multilayered fruit aromas, true to the terroir and modern. Impressive richness that offers very pleasant palate pleasure. Equally impressive the long finish. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A red with plenty of ripe-berry, tar, ash and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied and layered with lots of fruit and flavor." James Suckling

      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 24 months barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102217 · 0,75 l · 26,53 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping11 units available

      19,90 €
    • "Castello di Semivicoli" Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2018

      “Castello di Semivicoli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2018

      The Trebbiano Castello di Semivicoli, matured without the use of barrels, exudes an aromatic scent of ripe peach, mint and flowers, in which mineral notes are also mixed. Firm, rich, graceful and elegant on the palate. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Sliced apple, lemon zest and wet stone. Full-to medium-bodied with layers of fruit, as well as dried apple and pear. Some saltiness." James Suckling

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Veronelli :90 points
      • Doctor Wine:93 points
      • James Suckling:92 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Trebbiano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: stainless steel
      • Development: stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 10-12 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2025
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100318 · 0,75 l · 26,53 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      19,90 €
    • "Marina Cvetic" Merlot Terre Aquilane IGT 2015

      “Marina Cvetic” Merlot Terre Aquilane IGT 2015

      Dark ruby garnet, delicately spicy bouquet, juicy cherry notes and delicate caramel. Of elegant texture, with firm tannins and well structured. A round wine and ideal accompaniment to food. SUPERIORE.DE

      "This is a stand-up Merlot that delivers no more and no less that you should expect of the grape. The Marina Cvetić 2015 Merlot (from the IGT Terre Aquilane appellation) is a soft and layered expression with lots of ripe fruit and sweet back-end notes of cherry and blackberry. The wine's texture is loosely knit and bold, with a broad and wide approach. You get the softness of the sunny 2015 vintage contrasted against the fortitude and stubbornness of the Abruzzo wine character." Robert Parker

      • Luca Maroni:92 points
      • Robert Parker:91 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 24 months barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 36,80 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,70 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,50 g/l
      • Sulfite: 85 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,50
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 16-18 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102615 · 0,75 l · 27,87 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      20,90 €
    • "Marina Cvetic" Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2018

      “Marina Cvetic” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2018

      Marina Cvetics Trebbiano Riserva - dream and cult for lovers of full-bodied white wines. In bouquet and taste, aromas of nougat, almond, honey, coconut and vanilla spread out. Gently, the balsamic-like texture conquers the palate and ends in a long finish on crème caramel. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A white with sliced-lime, ripe-pear and some green-apple character. It’s full-bodied with a dense palate and a vivid, creamy finish. Some vanilla and pralines." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Trebbiano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 22 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 24,25 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,30 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 105 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,33
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 10-12 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2025+
      • Food Recommendations: pasta with fish ragout
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100218 · 0,75 l · 31,87 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      23,90 €
    • "Marina Cvetic" Chardonnay Colline Teatine IGT 2018

      “Marina Cvetic” Chardonnay Colline Teatine IGT 2018

      Great Chardonnay, smelling of tropical fruits and sweet spices. Opulent taste, in which a pleasant acidity builds up. Harmonious, luxurious Chardonnay from the barrique and one of the classics of Southern Italy. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A tough, dense chardonnay with dried-apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Hints of cloves. Full-bodied with firm texture and a flavorful finish." James Suckling

      • Veronelli :90 points
      • James Suckling:92 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 23 months new barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 27,85 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 4,65 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 3,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 122 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,52
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 10-12 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026+
      • Food Recommendations: pasta with fish ragout
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12100518 · 0,75 l · 31,87 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      23,90 €
    • "Villa Gemma" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2015

      “Villa Gemma” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2015

      Villa Gemma Montepulciano exudes the scent of blackcurrants and ripe plums after its 24-month ageing in barriques, the strong taste is wonderfully spicy, soft and long. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Dark, almost impenetrable garnet. Very rich nose, of noble wood spice, lime, ripe heart cherries, cassis and some mint in the aftertaste, still needs to settle down a bit. On the palate dense and grippy with currently still strongly perceptible wood spice, thereby delicately drying, yet powerful and mighty, with still some rest excellent foresight." Falstaff

      "Polished nose of ripe plums, vanilla, milk chocolate and some dried fruit peel, too. It's full-bodied and creamy with velvety, smooth tannins. Lots of chocolate and plummy layers that are smooth and decadent without being overripe. Will be even better after another two or three years in bottle." James Suckling

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Bibenda:
      • Doctor Wine:96 points
      • Luca Maroni:96 points
      • Vinibuoni:
      • James Suckling:94 points
      • Falstaff:94-96 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 24 months barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 15,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 34,65 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,45 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 62 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,48
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2032+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102315 · 0,75 l · 61,20 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      45,90 €
    • Selezione "La Botte di Gianni" <br>Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2010<br> Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2010<br> 2x3 Bottles in OWC

      Selezione “La Botte di Gianni” · Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2010 · Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC 2010 · 2x3 Bottles in OWC

      Over the course of three decades, Gianni Masciarelli has created one of the leading wineries in Italy. He died far too early in the summer of 2008, his love was for the landscape, the people and the grape varieties of Abruzzo. For the wines he always chose Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.

      Today the winery is successfully continued by Giannis wife, Marina Cvetic and daughter Miriam. And they vinify with "La Botte di Gianni" his vision of Trebbiano and Montepulciano.

      3 bottles of 0,75l | Trebbiano d'Abruzzo "La Botte di Gianni" Riserva DOC 2010

      Of a rich straw yellow colour, clean, aromatic bouquet of ripe tropical fruit. On the palate very full-bodied, but beautifully clear, long finish. Finest Riserva quality. SUPERIORE.DE

      "This shows the magic of whites from Abruzzo: bright and brilliant and intense with sliced limes, apples and minerals. Its full-bodied and wonderful acidity gives this wine tension and brightness. Named after the late Gianni Masciarelli, founder of the winery, only 892 bottles were produced of these. Think grand cru Chablis." James Suckling

      3 bottles of 0,75l | Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "La Botte di Gianni" Riserva DOC 2010

      Deep dark ruby sparkling, aromas of blackberry, elderberry, leather and some cinnamon. Dense tannin on the palate, much depth, tightly structured, elegant enamel, long. Finest Riserva quality. SUPERIORE.DE

      "With only 869 bottles produced, the 2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo La Botte di Gianni is dedicated to the winery's visionary founder. Gianni Masciarelli died of a sudden heart attack in 2008. This beautiful rendition speaks directly to the personality of the man. This is a strong, stubborn, energetic and complex red wine with thick layers of dark fruit, spice and cigar box. The wine shows a firm tannic background and an uncompromising style." Robert Parker

      • Veronelli :93 points
      • Luca Maroni:95 points
      • Robert Parker:92+ points
      • James Suckling:94 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Trebbiano | 100% Montepulciano
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 20 months 700 litre tonneau
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 24,30 | 34,70 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,84 | 5,67 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,70 | 2,70 g/l
      • Sulfite: 143 | 102 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,29 | 3,4
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Storage Potential: 2022+
      • Food Recommendations: enjoy with dear people
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      12102710 · 4,5 l · 99,78 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping1 unit available

      449,00 €
    About the winemakersMasciarelliAbruzzo
    Masciarelli

    Gianni Masciarelli would certainly be proud of the mother-daughter team that continues to implement his visions perfectly. It certainly wasn't easy for his wife, the Croatian-born Marina Cvetic, to take on this legacy with three small children. Because Gianni Masciarelli started in 1981 after an internship in the Champagne with only 24 years to build a completely new winery in Abruzzo. The basis was only three hectares on which his grandfather produced wine for his family, friends and the few tourists who lost their way to the village of San Martino sulla Marrucina near Chieti. It started from practically zero.

    Instead of the usual pergola he used the French Guyot education with high vine density, selected extremely, thin radically and aged the wines in wooden barrels. Already in 1987 he met his partner Marina Cvetic, who was to become a congenial addition and to whom he dedicated the first top wine line. Together they visited wine fairs and events worldwide and soon Masciarelli wines were on the wine lists of the most famous restaurants, not only in Italy. With this success and his conviction that it is possible to produce great wines even below the highest mountains of Italy, he, together with Francesco Valentini, became the motor of an entire generation of winegrowers who dedicated themselves to a quality that had never been seen before in this region. In less than three decades he built a small empire, including a wine distribution company and an import for Italian colleagues in the USA. Completely surprisingly, he died of a heart attack in 2008, only 52 years old.

    His last major project was the renovation of the Castello di Semivicoli, which was actually nothing more than a ruin, because Gianni Masciarelli was very closely connected with his homeland, Abruzzo, and once said almost philosophically that if he were wine, he would only want to thrive here. So he not only helped many small wineries, but also the region with projects like this. Because the Castello di Semivicoli has long since become the meeting point of many (wine) tourists.

    Today the vineyards, including numerous individual vineyards (cru) of the Masciarelli family, are looked after by the eldest daughter Miriam Lee, who is tenderly called "genuine Masciarelli DOC" by her mother. These 300 hectares of vineyards were created from ten different small wineries and are distributed in all four provinces of Abruzzo: Chieti, Teramo, Pescara and L'Aquila on more than 60 plots in more than fourteen municipalities. The "headquarters" is still located in the village of San Martino sulla Marrucina. By the way - more than half of the employees are female.

    The wine style of the house has remained the same, even though Miriam Lee brings a breath of fresh air. The varied climatic and soil conditions between the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso massif at different altitudes up to 500 m above sea level produce powerful, concentrated yet elegant mineral wines. Masciarelli was the first Abruzzo winegrower ever to recognise the enormous potential of the local Montepulciano varieties, a powerful red grape variety that has nothing to do with the little town of the same name in Tuscany, and to recognise Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, an autochthonous white variety that is not, or only very remotely, related to other Trebbiano varieties, and to help them achieve high quality through modern cultivation and ageing.

    The now five wine lines Classic, Gianni Masciarelli, Villa Gemma, Marina Cvetic, and Castello di Semivicoli offer something for every wine lover, from inexpensive base wines to very sophisticated and world-renowned Crus. The labels Marina Cvetic and Villa Gemma stand out again and again from the wide assortment.

    The homage to the late founder is new. In the cellar Marina found two 700 l barrels of French oak, which Gianni had bought for one of his new projects. In each barrel a Montepulciano and a Trebbiano were matured for about 30 months. There were 891 bottles of "Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Riserva - La Botte di Gianni" and 869 bottles of "Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - La Botte di Gianni" (Giannis barrel), filled on his birthday. Needless to say, these few bottles were immediately sold out. SUPERIORE.DE

    "Gianni Masciarelli was always ready to experiment with new grape varieties or wine ideas. Whatever he did, he never lost sight of protecting the unmistakable identity and tradition of the Abruzzo wine region. The result is one of the most dynamic wine producers in Italy, who still lives on as a guiding star and with his inspiration." (1,000 Great Wines That Won't Cost a Fortune)

    Facts

    • Year of foundation: 1981
    • Owner: Marina Cvetic-Masciarelli
    • Oenologist: Romeo Taraborrelli
    • Annual production: approx. 2,500,000 Flaschen
    • Vineyard: 300 hectares
    • Conventional cultivation (EMAS-certified | IT-001799)