Tullum Passerina DOCG

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Tullum DOCG is one of the smallest DOCG areas in Italy. It covers an very limited area – roughly 28 hectares in the Municipality of Tollo in the province of Chieti – and is characterized by very strict production parameters. Being situated between the Adriatic Sea and Apennines, the uniqueness of this appellation is in the mix of mild sea climate and fluctuations of the temperatures that are typical of the mountains.

Food and wine pairing:

Best if served at 12°C with aperitif, fresh cheeses, seafood and white meats.

Tasting notes:

Light yellow color. The aroma opens with floral hints of broom and citrus fruit and ends with herbaceous and elegant aftertaste. The taste is fresh, good acidity and mineral.

Winemaker’s notes:

Hand-picked harvesting at the end of September. The vinification start with the cryomaceration of the must at 4° C for 24 hours. After a soft pressing, the must is cooled to facilitate the decantation. The fermentation is activated in steel tanks using particular yeasts able to operate at low temperature. Ageing: 6 months in steel tanks at controlled temperatures in the absence of oxygen and a short period in bottle.

Main data:

Type: White wine
Appellation: Denominazione di Origine Controllata e garantita DOCG
Grape variety: 100% Passerina
Alcohol: 13%

Terroir and vineyard features:

Area: Tollo
Altitude: 130 m from sea level
Soil type: clay-alkaline, declination 7%
Exposure to the sun: South, South-East
Age of vines: 16 years
Density of vines per hectare: 1.600
Cultivation system: “pergola abruzzese”
Yield per hectare: 90 quintals Harvesting: hand-picked at the end of September