Tullum Pecorino DOC

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Tullum DOC is one of the smallest DOC areas in Italy. It covers an very limited area – roughly 300 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 14°C with aperitif, fresh cheese, seafood and white meats.

Tasting notes:

Yellow color. Aroma opens with hints of citrus notes and then go to rosemary, licorice, peach and grapefruit and ends with intense and persistent exotic notes. Well-bodied wine, mineral and persistent taste.

Winemaker’s notes:

Hand-picked in the third week of September. After the handmade de-steaming, the temperature of the grapes (must and skins) is lowered to 12 °C to avoid uncontrolled fermentations and it is conveyed into small steel tanks. Here the must ferments with its own skins for a period of 30 days. At the end of vinification process, the new wine is separated from the skins and decanted for several months. Ageing in small steel tanks, aging in bottles for 3 months.

Main data:

Type: White wine
Appellation: Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Grape variety: 100% Pecorino
Alcohol: 14%
Bottle capacity: 0,75 liter

Terroir and vineyard features:

Area: Tollo
Altitude: 130m from sea level
Soil type: clay-alkaline, declination 5%
Exposure to the sun: South-East
Age of vines: 11 years
Density of vines per hectare: 3.200
Cultivation system: rows (filare)
Yield per hectare: 90 quintals
Harvesting: hand-picked in the third week of September