Abbia Nova Senza Vandalismi Cesanese
Abbia Nòva is located in the town of Piglio, 30 miles east of Rome. The name of the winery refers to the ancient road that connects Pilio to Abruzzo. The winery is run by cousins Daniele and Pierluca Proietti. Together they cultivate 7 hectares of vineyards planted mostly to local grape varieties. The vineyard holdings are separated into 4 parcels, or contrada – San Giovanni, Cercione, Collepasso, and Vignali. They additionally have 5 parcels planted to olive trees. In the vineyard they follow traditional and natural methods, starting with organic and eventually introducing biodynamic farming principles. They avoid the use of sulphur and copper, preferring to use natural resistance methods. The wines are vegan-friendly and certified organic from 2020.
The Vandalismi Rosso speaks to those in search of an honest Vino da Tavola. This is not to say that there’s anything basic about this wine, but it clearly belongs with food. Medium ruby in colour, on the nose it has aromas of ripe cherries, red plums, mulberry, forest floor and juniper berries. The palate is medium bodied with bitter tannins and bright acidity. Try it with Bucatini Amatriciana, a classic Lazio pasta dish often considered a part of the “holy trinity of Roman pasta”.