Abruzzo, Italy

The wine producing vineyards of Cantina Frentana are located within the land boundaries of the Frentana village, which lies south-east of the Apennine mountains near the historic city of Luciano in the very heart of the Abruzzo wine producing region. The Frentana winery praises itself for having one of the most efficiently operated wine growing co-operatives in Abruzzo. Frentana began in the late fifties with a few small selected vineyards and wine growers, and in the last forty years has grown to more than 400 members. These growers are assisted throughout the entire grape growing season, right up to the harvest, by the highly qualified Frentana staff (which includes an agronomist and enologist) in an approach aimed at very specific grape yields considered worthy of wines with the traditional Frentana standard of quality. All the latest, most up-to-date wine making equipment and techniques are used together with a wealth of collective historical winemaking knowledge, to produce great Frentana wines. Winery website: www.cantinafrentana.it 
frentana-tv-trebbianoTerre Valse Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
Hand harvested grapes from specially selected vineyards with low yield, results in this very special white wine. In the cellar the grapes are soft pressed and the must macerated and fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks then aged for 4-5 months before being bottled. This is a pale straw colored wine with green reflections, aromas that hint of white flowers, citrus fruits and yellow plums, and a taste that’s fresh and crisp. This wine is refreshing as a sipping wine; also pairs well with seafood, shellfish, and light white meats.
frentana-tv-monteTerre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Immediately following the harvest the grapes are destemmed, soft pressed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks with frequent rimontaggio ( resubmerging the skins that have floated to the top). Following the fermentation, the wine is then separated from the skins and refined for one year in stainless steel tanks, followed by several months in the bottle. This Montepulciano is an excellent example of the power and finesse that can be extracted from this delicious grape.
frentana-cocoCosta del Mulino Cococciola
In the general rediscovery and value of indigenous Italian vines, Cantina Frentana discovered almost unexpectedly, the Cococciola, a white-berry, indigenous vine that is peculiar to the territory of Rocca San Giovanni, with maximum dissemination in Abruzzo. This vine is found in very small quantities in other Italian regions, Puglia among others, and being strictly related (according to recent genetic studies) to an excellent and much better known Pugliese vine Bombino bianco, well known enough in fact, to be treated as “a varietal of noble lineage”.
frentana-pecorinoCosta del Mulino Pecorino
After the harvest the grapes are crushed and have a short period of crio-maceration (6-7 hours) then soft pressed, and the juice is fermented under a controlled temperature. The wine is refined on its lees in stainless steel tanks for 5-6 months with periodic remontaggio, then a minimum of 2 months in the bottle before release. This is a unique, pale straw-colored wine with greenish reflections and aromas of yellow fruits, evolving into aromas of wildflowers. The taste is fresh with rich flavors and a complex fruity structure.
frentana-rubestoRubesto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva
Rubesto is made from specially selected grapes that are hand harvested in October, then destemmed and soft pressed followed by fermentation, with specially selected indigenous yeasts, for 15- 20 days. Traditional vinification in stainless steel tanks follows, then the wine is aged in both barrique and small French oak barrels for 12 months with further aging in the bottle before release.
frentana-panardaPanarda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Named after the traditional banquet that honors Abruzzese cuisine, Panarda Riserva is made from specially selected, late harvest grapes that are slightly over-ripened in order to obtain their ultimate flavor. Vinification takes place with a prolonged maceration in order to extract all the characteristics of the Montepulciano grape. At the end of the fermentation, the wine is aged in small oak casks for 18 months. Additional time in the bottle completes the aging process. This is a beautiful red wine with aromas of spices, wood, and violets, and flavors of ripe red fruits, and a velvety palate, fit to accompany any grand meal. Serve at room temperature.