Barone Cornacchia

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Teramo, Abruzzo
People: Filippo & Caterina Cornacchia, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic

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Azienda Agricola Barone Cornacchia is among the oldest farms in the province of Teramo in Abruzzo. The land tenure was established at the end of the 16th century by feudal concession of the viceroy of Naples and with the appointment of a barony title. At that time the Barone Cornacchia family lived in the Fortress of Civitella and controlled the fiefs situated on the north-eastern border of the Bourbon kingdom. At the end of the 19th century, with the Unification of Italy and after a long period of battles, 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, and after the devastating infestation of phylloxera that spread all over Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, he re-planted the vineyards to ancient clones and grafted the vineyards using American rootstocks. At the beginning of the 20th century he started to produce his Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and entered the wine into national competitions, receiving the first official awards in the early 1930s.

Current owner, Piero Cornacchia (grandson of Filippo Maria Vizzarro) took control of the winery in the 1980s and began modernizing the company and adopting newly available winemaking technologies. His philosophy was to enhance the typicality of Montepulicano d’Abruzzo through showing the uniquieness of the terroir in this area of Abruzzo by using organic and natural methods in the vineyards and the winery.

Today the company is led by Piero’s children, Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia, who have achieved organic certification and have introduced new wines while staying true to the philosophy of their ancestors.