Azienda Agricola Barone Cornacchia is among the oldest farms in the province of Teramo in Abruzzo. The viceroy of Naples granted land to a Cornacchia family member with the award of a baron title at the end of the 16th century. At that time the Cornacchia family lived in the Fortress of Civitella and controlled the fiefs situated on the northeastern border of the Bourbon kingdom. After the Italian unification in the late 19th century, the Cornacchia family left the Fortress of Civitella and settled in the hunting reserve where the present winery is now located.
Barone Filippo Maria Vizzarro Cornacchia (1872-1944) was greatly responsible for restoring and handing down the viticulture traditions of the region. After the devastating infestation of phylloxera that spread over Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, he re-planted the vineyards to ancient clones and grafted the vineyards using American rootstocks. He started producing the star of the estate: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Piero Cornacchia, the grandson of Filippo Maria Vizzarro, took control of the winery in the 1980s. He adopted new winemaking technologies as well as organic and natural methods to enhance the wines and demonstrate the uniqueness of the Abruzzo terroir. Today the company is led by Piero’s children, Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia, who have achieved organic certification (2012) and have introduced new wines while staying true to the philosophy of their ancestors.
Wine Advocate 4/2020
"This historic estate is run today by Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia. Recent holdings have been acquired, including eight hectares of vines for making Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Passerina Controguerra and Pecorino Controguerra. Most of the growing sites have rocky limestone soils at about 250 meters above sea level, where they benefit from breezy air currents. All farming is organic."
"An estate that traces its heritage back to the 16th century, I find Barone Cornacchia to always be a reliable source of well made, traditional Abruzzo wines. The estate produces about 300,000 bottles from about 42 hectares of vines that are farmed organically. Though usually best known for its red wines, I especially liked the estate’s whites this year."