Localization: Abruzzo, Italy
Tasting Notes: Intense, impenetrable ruby. Pervasive and complex with nuances of morello cherry, kirsch, and ripe blackberry as well as hints of rain-soaked earth, ground coffee, tobacco, and licorice. An intense, rounded mouthfeel highlights the good structure provided by the corpulent tannins which leads to a lingering juicy finish.
Notes: Vineyards are located in the district of Controguerra. 250-300 m a.s.l. Medium-textured with abundant gravel.
After destemming, the grapes are conveyed into small cement fermenting tanks which facilitate the delicate breakage and movement of the cap during fermentation. This system assures a greater and more homogeneous contact between must and skins, therefore increasing the extraction of polyphenols. In order to obtain the best results, maceration periods can even exceed 4 weeks. After the fermentation , the wine is placed in large barrels for a 12 month aging.
The Domain: Velenosi winery was established in 1984 thanks to the strong will of two young entrepreneurs, Angela and Ercole Velenosi. In 2005 a new partner joined the company, Mr. Paolo Garbini, and the company became Velenosi Srl.
Angela Velenosi is no doubt the key person behind the Velenosi Vini success, being involved in most of the activities of the winery since its beginning. She was only 20 years old when she started this adventure and thanks to her dynamism and sense of business she managed to bring the company to being one of the biggest family owned winery in Marche region. In 2014 she was elected President of the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Piceni (the association of wineries of the province) and in 2015 she was chosen as Testimonial for the Marche region at the Expo in Milan due to her life-long commitment to quality wine production.
The heart of the company is in Ascoli Piceno, a city rich of history in the Marche region which dates back to 3 millennia. This town is located in the center of Italy about 25 km away from the Adriatic Sea.
The vineyards lay on the hills at about 200-300 meters above sea level, which are the outline of the wonderful valley of the river Tronto. Here the soil is mainly composed of clay and limestone, suitable for the production of high quality wine. Besides the four vineyards located in Ascoli Piceno, Castorano, Monsampolo and Castel di Lama, the company also owns vineyards in the municipality of San Marcello, in the province of Ancona and one in Ancarano, in the Abruzzo Region. The total planted area amounts to 148 hectares.