Abruzzo is the region of Italy where we live, the land of Aligi, the land of our wines The shepherd named Aligi is the main character in “The Daughter of Iorio”, the celebrated work by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the famous poet from Abruzzo. And this was not by chance: the deepest roots of this region are burrowed in shepherding, grown over time through the centuries old bridleways of the transhumance. Between the highest peaks of the Apennine Mountains, Gran Sasso and Maiella, and the Adriatic Sea, the bridleways unwind through the hills and valleys, traipsing around the vineyards. One of the most typical wines of Abruzzo is dedicated to them, Pecorino. Our grapes ripen in one of these valleys, Val di Sangro.
The Frentane hills
Leaving its path through the mountains, the Sangro River runs through a wide valley among gentle hills, the Frentane, in the southernmost part of the Chieti province. In this small area, tucked between the mountains and the sea, the terrain and climatic conditions are ideal for cultivating wine grapes. The distance between the peak of Maiella, at over 2,700 meters elevation, and the coastline is only 50 kilometers. The air currents and significant temperature fluctuations have a positive impact on the grapes, while the clay-limestone soil in the Frentane hills does the rest, forming an exceptional land that has always been dedicated to wine grape cultivation.
The landscape in the Terra d’Aligi is glorious, with a natural environment that is at times gentle, at times bitter and wild, and always enhanced by human hands. The villages perched along the mountainside or atop the crests of the hills recount a story of Italy steeped in thousands of years of history, starting from the archeological sites in Juvanum and Pallano.
The most interesting mountain towns include Roccaraso, Rivisondoli and Pescocostanzo, tourist destinations in the winter months that conserve all of the artisan crafts, traditions and typical customs of our mountains. A bit father south, the Maiella National Park is populated by wildlife, including big horn sheep. And then there is Villa S. Maria, a town famous for its grand chefs, and Fara San Martino, with some of the most famous pasta factories in all of Italy.
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Moving down along the slopes towards the sea, the Bomba and Casoli Lakes sit like sapphires in the hills, and Lanciano, with its Miracolo Eucaristico Church, is visited by thousands of faithful every year. On the crystal clear surface of the sea, the characteristic “trabocchi” stand, the wooden stilt fishing machines used by the local fishermen. It is a land of vistas, colors, flavors and aromas, all quintessentially Italian.