Nic Tartaglia

Location: Alanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Founded: 2015 (vineyards owned by Tartaglia family since the 19th century)
Size: 12 hectares
Varieties: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Sustainably farmed, dry farming
Vinification: stainless steel

Nic Tartaglia’s winery was founded in 2015 – but his family has cultivated grapes on this land for over 150 years. The vines are in Alanno in the province of Pescara, halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains, and are planted in limestone and clay soils at an elevation of around 1,000 feet above sea level. Having grown up in the family business of grape-selling, he initially resisted what he calls “the life of the paesano” but was ultimately called back, quite literally to his roots! He still sells grapes that don’t go into his own bottlings; they are sought-after by reputation.
The Cerasuolo (not to be confused with the blended red wine from Sicily known by the same name), is a full-flavored but light-bodied red made from the Montepulciano grape, and is a throwback to the historic everyday-drinking wine of the Abruzzo region.