Franco D’Eusanio worked as a consultant for other wineries prior to founding Chiusa Grande in 1994. A graduate in agricultural sciences, he quickly established a reputation as a philosopher-winemaker, seeking out a sense of equilibrium with nature. In his words: “We have to understand how farming that relies on intensive use of chemicals will lead us down a blind alley. I believe it’s possible to make a good wine without bowing down to the god of profit, and with an eye to the health of the consumer’s mind and body”. His 60 hectares of vineyards are spread across 5 different plots in Nocciano, Cugnoli, Civitaquana, Loreto Aprutino, and Casacanditella. The back-label of his wines are peppered with organic designation stamps like a wine version of Nascar.
This is how Andrew Stewart of Vino al Vino describes the Perla Nera Rosso – “An extraordinarily clean and fresh Cabernet Sauvignon, from young vines on predominantly clay rich soil. Hand harvested, organic farming and production, stainless aging to maintain freshness, and a lithe, cool-climate, aromatic Cab. An appreciatively balanced, medium-full bodied wine of honest winemaking. Spicy, peppered aromatics, good mouth feel, not too tannic, not too sweet fruited and very friendly!”