praesidium italian wine

Prezza, Abruzzo

Village: Prezza
Province: Abruzzo
Established: 1988
Owners: The Pasquale family
Winemaker: Enzo and Ottaviano Pasquale
Production: 20,000
Hectares under vine: 5
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Praesidium is operated by Enzo Pasquale and his son Ottaviano who are the heart and soul of this small but illustrious cellar in the tiny village of Prezza in Valle Peligna, considered the home of Montepulciano. The story of the Pasquale family’s association with vines and wine is a long and a passionate one, as the functional little cask compartments hewn out of the cellar’s rock walls in the late 19th century by Grandfather Enzo, testify elegant, long-ageing wines.
The vineyards are situated on a near flat-plateau in Valle Peligna. The rows cover a total of 5 hectares planted in Montepulciano vines, which are spurred cordon-trained. Pruning is drastic and the yield of fruit per hectare seldom exceeds 40 quintals. The light, gravelly soil drains well while day to night fluctuations in temperature are considerable. In soil and climate conditions like these, the Montepulciano grapes produce Passionate care of the vineyards is replicated in the cellar. Here a bare minimum of technology with a preference for manual labour and, whenever the situation demands, the art of improvisation combine to preserve the fruits of the vineyards. The cellar produces just two wines