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Among Abruzzo’s great treasures are the large national parks and wilderness areas in its segment of the Apennine Mountains. Above it all, the mighty massifs of Majella and Gran Sasso, with the highest peaks of the Apennines, rule the skyline. The lower elevations of the mountains share the beauty, pristine air, bright sunshine, and large diurnal temperature excursions of the higher parklands, with warmer overall climates that are more suitable for agriculture. Vineyards have been planted here and there in the foothills of Abruzzo over time, even though they are not suitable for the high-volume production that was more typical in the second half of the 20th century. 

One such vineyard was planted in 1971 in the vicinity of San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore, not far from Majella National Park. The 10-acre vineyard, with a southern exposure at an elevation of about 1,200 feet, was planted with Abruzzo’s all-encompassing red grape variety, Montepulciano—but of an unusual subtype. The Montepulciano vines were a more flavorful but less prolific biotype that had two lobes, one half the size of the other. These oddly shaped bunches were reminiscent of the shape of the continent of Africa and came to be dubbed the “Africa clone.” 

In 2000, the vineyard was purchased to become the basis for the Binomio project. Stefano Inama of Azienda Agricola Inama and Sabatino Di Properzio of Fattoria La Valentina had met three years earlier, struck up a friendship, and decided to partner in the development of a great Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine. They did some preliminary trials in the 1998 and 1999 vintages before finding the Africa clone vineyard in San Valentino. The vineyard had gone through several owners in three decades due to its low productivity, but the small-berried, low-yield bunches proved to be just what they needed to make a sumptuous, modern Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with mature tannins that was ready to be drunk right away rather than needing additional cellaring or decanting.

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WINERY LOCATION: Fattoria La Valentina, Spoltore, Abruzzo
WINE REGIONS: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 10 acres (4 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Montepulciano
WINE STYLES: Dry red
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 13,000 bottles (9,750 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1998
OWNER: Stefano Inama and Sabatino Di Properzio
WINEMAKERS: Stefano & Matteo Inama

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BINOMIO MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC RISERVA

Binomio is a joint venture in Abruzzo between Inama and Fattoria La Valentina, begun in 1998. Together, the two wineries farm a parcel of old-vines Montepulciano in a beautiful location in the foothills north of Majella National Park. The property is planted with an ancient biotype of Montepulciano called the “Africa clone” because its two lobes, one longer than the other, give its bunches the shape of the African continent if they are held just right. This biotype was abandoned long ago by most Montepulciano producers due to its low productivity, but that same characteristic gives the wine great body and concentration.

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Fattoria La Valentina, Spoltore, Abruzzo

VINEYARD:
San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore (Pescara province), Abruzzo

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