Cantina Orsogna is a progressive co-operative that was founded in 1964 by 7 grape growers. Today it has grown to include 450 grape growers and 150 olive growers, with around 325 hectares of vineyards. The winery broke new ground for Abruzzo when it became organic in 2002. In 2005 it became Italy’s largest producer of biodynamically certified wines. Located to the east of Rome on the Adriatic coast, Abruzzo is one of the wildest regions in Italy. Sparsely populated, around one third of Abruzzo is designated as national park space. Over 65% of the terrain is mountainous.
The main DOC for red wine production in Abruzzo is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The Lunaria Costa di Moro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes harvested from partly pergola trained, biodynamically farmed vines. Once in the winery the grapes are destemmed and crushed prior to fermenting with indegenous yeasts for 10 to 15 days. The wine is then aged in a combination of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for at least 4 months. In the glass you’ll find a wine that is inky ruby red colour. The pronounced nose shows aromas of black cherries and plums with refreshing notes of dried sage and oregano. Flavours of black berry, boysenberry, and prune and complemented by a hint of baking spice. The medium bodied palate has chewy tannins, high acidity, and a long finish. Altogether a wine with plenty of structure and juicy intensity.