martedì 31 gennaio 2012


Itineraries of the Region Abruzzo


The production area of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG runs through the hills around Teramo until the coast where the landscape is made unique by all the colors of the sea of pinewoods and vineyards.
It starts from Giulianova to reach villages like Colonnella Controguerra and Torano Nuovo, and then it heads for Teramo, goes on to the coast, passing through Canzano, Castilenti and Atri and it finishs in Pineto.

Highway A14. Exit at Teramo / Giulianova / Mosciano, take the S.S.80 and you get to Giulianova.
Highway A24 is recommended to continue your journey on the 1st section of Teramo - Mare, exit at S. Nicolò a Tordino and take the SS80 and follow signs to Giulianova.
Giulianova's origins can be traced back to a powerful and fortified city, we can find the name in the writings of Pliny, Strabo, Velleja Patercolo, Ptolemy and others. Based upon a pre-existing settlement, probably around 290 BC as a Roman colony near the sea and on the left bank of the river Batinus (Tordino) where it developed an important commercial and military port-channel. During the Middle Ages, Castrum changed its name to Castel San Flaviano . In 1460, near the city, a violent battle took place between the forces of Aragonesi, led by the Sforza family, and the Angioine forces, led by Piccinino. Destruction and fires that followed induced then lord Giuliantonio Acquaviva, Duke of Atri and Count of Conversano, in 1470 to build a fortress further north, at the top of the hill. The new city was called Giulia Nova, named after its founder, built in the shape of a quadrilateral, was surrounded by strong sloped walls with loopholes and battlements, and defended by towers that remained standing until 1860. Currently the town is divided into three districts: the Lido, touristic and seaside, the Annunziata, in the south of the coastal strip and the town itself, on top of the hill. It should be noted that the Old Town, however, still retains the original road structure, which reveals a rare urban criteria for the fifteenth century. Worth a visit: the Cathedral dedicated to San Flaviano which houses a reliquary of 1396, the Municipal Art Gallery Bindi, Palazzo Cerulli, once the home of the painter Vincent Cermignani and the Sanctuary of Madonna dello Splendore.
Wineries to visit
Az. Agricola Faraone
Via Nazionale per Teramo, 290 64020 Giulianova -Tel: +39 085 8071804 Fax: +39 085 8072692  Web
The origins of the first settlement of this family business, in its current location, go back to 1916. In the 30s they began planting the first vineyards of Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Passerina. In 1973 they obtained permission to produce sparkling wine and, nowadays production, approximately 50,000 bottles per year, is divided into two lines, one of sparkling wines and one of liqueur wines.
Visits from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am - 12.30 pm / 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm; On Saturdays and holidays, reservation is required.


Colonnella is located in the territory where it was built the old Truentum that the Oti and the Lombards dismantled in 739. The earliest mention of Colonella is in the "Cronicon Farfense" of 936-962. From the Roman Empire to the Kingdom of Naples: the story of a town with an illustrious past since the time of Plinio and Cicero. Colonnella is the icon of the authentic Abruzzo. Situated on a hill, near the Adriatic coast of Teramo, the city has a perfect climate for producing high quality wines. Worth visiting the historical center, dominated by the Church and the Clock Tower, site of countless small squares and narrow streets, in dialect "rue". The church of Saints Cipriano and Giustina, by Pietro and Giacinto Maggi and the City Hall date back to the first half of the nineteenth century.

Lying on the sunny hills of Teramo, in the background of a unique landscape where the uneven hills seem to create an almost picturesque background, Controguerra sits at 267 meters above sea level, offering, in addition to the enchanting landscape, a pleasant mild climate because of the proximity of the sea and the mountains of Laga.
Located about 30 km from Giulianova continue towards Teramo direction, the city lies under the slopes of the Gran Sasso. Erected as medieval city, has origins traced back to Roman times. The Lords of Braccio da Montone and of Francesco Sforza and the long Reign of Naples have characterized the history of this picturesque town. The cultural object of most impact is definitely the Cathedral, built in the twelfth century in typical medieval style and evidence of the most prosperous period of the city.
Interesting archaeological site of a Roman amphitheater and theater dating from the imperial period. Very wide even the heritage of historic churches, which we point out the Church of San Domenico of the fourteenth century  with seventeenth-century frescoes, the ancient cathedral of St. Anne, in which are preserved the remains of a Roman domus and frescoes of the twelfth and fourteenth centuries and the Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie with an interesting wooden group of  Madonna with Child by Silvestro dell'Aquila. Worth a visit even Delfico palace from eighteenth century, the fourteenth-century Episcopal Palace and the Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a neoclassical building in the picturesque scenery of the Villa Comunale's gardens.

This town of Val Vomano is known for its cuisine and in particular the so-called "Turkey at canzanese" honored in the homonymous village festival in August. It is supposed that in this territory there was the presence of man since prehistoric times. The territory already occupied in the Iron Age, preserves the remains of a Roman villa. The etymology of Canzano is almost certainly Roman, from Cantius noble personnel, but the documentation existing on the current  town is not prior to the twelfth century. Important is the ancient church of San Salvatore in whose interior is preserved frescos attributed to the Master of Offida. The portal in its jambs has sculpted symbolic images of the four evangelists.
Wineries to visit
Tenuta Cerulli Spinozzi
S.S. 150 del Vomano km. 17,600 – 64020 Tel  +39 0861 57193  Fax +39 0861 57360 
Email The company grows its grapes following carefully the organic method, minimizing the use of chemicals in  phytosanitary purposes preferring effort and commitment in the care of plants. Building of new construction, is on two levels. The ground floor houses the warehouse, bottling and barrel, fully air-conditioned. Upstairs 700 sq m of winery for storage and vinification. 
Winery visits: by appointment


The town of Castilenti lies in the middle-hillside of the province of Teramo, the territory is crossed by rivers Vomano and Fino and by the torrent Piomba, which characterize the morphological structure of the valley sloping to the sea through a system of rounded and green hills, that combined with an uncontaminated aspect offers a considerable naturalistic value sight. In the north near the village of Villa San Romualdo we find "The Calanchi". Real architectural monuments made by nature that take in color and structure the shape of "the Camel Humps." They recall the landscapes of the turkish plateau Cappadocia, where wind erosion in thousands of years has created an neverending series of images and fantastic shapes.

Wineries to visit
Azienda Vitivinicola San Lorenzo Vini
Contrada Plavignano, 2 64035 CASTILENTI - (TE) Tel: +39 0861 999325   Fax: +39 0861 998542
Web  Email

The care in the grape, harvest made by the skilled hands of men who for years have collaborated with the company, the compliance with the grapes and the immediate vinification, the most advanced technologically systems used in the winery to press the grapes, to ferment musts, to check the temperature in each stage of production, makes the wines of the highest quality. Winery  visits: by appointment

Continuing along the Adriatic coast, you arrive in Pineto seaside town that offers the possibility to enjoy a sea landscape, surrounded by pinewood whose background you can see the great expanses of vineyards.
Where to sleep
Azienda Vitivinicola San Lorenzo Vini 
Contrada Plavignano, 2 64035 CASTILENTI - (TE) Tel: +39 0861 999325   Fax: +39 0861 998542
Where to eat
Azienda Vitivinicola San Lorenzo Vini
Contrada Plavignano, 2 64035 CASTILENTI - (TE) Tel:+39  0861 999325   Fax: +39 0861;www.sanlorenzovini.com

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