Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

All about Abruzzo food & travel in a cherry-picked fashion


Wines & Abruzzesi Drinks

Abruzzo Wine Celebrations – Cantine Aperte & London Showcase

The end of May sees 2 fantastic events for those wanting to explore deeper into the incredible wines that Abruzzo is now famous for across the globe.

Words of Wine Awards – Abruzzo’s European Blogger!

Alongside noted Italian journalists & Japanese bloggers it was humbling to receive a ‘Words of Wine’ award as European Blogger for promoting Abruzzo wines

Chasing a Fine Abruzzo White Wine Out on a Seaside Road

On a white wine mission in Teramo’s foothills which are better known for their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, where do you find a complex Trebbiano d’Abruzzo?

Tipple But Never Topple – Abruzzo’s Liqueurs

Abruzzo’s aromatic liqueurs, namely its digestifs or amari, enjoy a fabled reputation for their complex, aged flavours…

Magical Nocino – Italian Green Walnut Liqueur

Nocino is an Italian liqueur made with green walnuts whose dark magical blend uncovers just how emersed Christian traditions are in their folklore past

The Olive Leaf Tea that Keeps Giving

As a self-confessed olive fiend, I was delighted to hear that my favourite gnarled tree was also now gifting us Organic Olive Leaf Tea courtesy of Abruzzo groves

If you’re Fond of Sand Dunes & Salty Air,
Quaint Little Vineyards that Really Care

don’t you love it when visiting a place evokes a half-forgotten tune from memory’s depths to perfectly suit the ambiance of where you’re at…?

What to expect from the 2011 Abruzzo Wine Harvest

Missed the fresh fruity notes of San Martino’s vino novello on 11th November? our friends Talamonti provided pictures of their harvest to rekindle summer warmth

Abruzzo Blackberry Ratafià – The Foragers’ Liqueur

Brambles appear on every continent this Abruzzo Blackberry Ratafià recipe ensures that where ever in the world you’re based you can toast Italy’s rocky heart!

Talamonti – Wine & Design Combine Divine in Abruzzo

Set within the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Abruzzo Azienda Vinicola Talamonti provides the visitor with an excellent opportunity to see a small-scale Abruzzo wine producer in operation

Orlandi Contucci Ponno’s Meditation on Abruzzo Wines

With a description of Rioja-esque Montepulciano d’Abruzzo & friends-of-friends buying 300+ bottles to privately ship back to the UK it was time for tasting

Abruzzo Chardonnay Triumphs at Chardonnay du Monde

If you’re a Chardonnay lover, now’s time to look out for 3 Abruzzo greats following their triumph at Burgandy’s Chardonnay du Monde competition

Power Ranger Fresh Rosehip & Abruzzo Herb Tea

This fresh rosehip & herb infusion was inspired by a tea provided by Marco at Sextantio, the boutique hotel set Abruzzo’s Medici town of Santo Stefano

The Lovely Notes of Nicodemi’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

I had ventured out many times with the name of Nicodemi on my list of “to buy” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo thanks to a friend in the wine business

Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: the Joy of an Old Friend

Whether or not you consider yourself a wine aficionado there’ll be bottles that you remember, & for me one of these is the Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Villadoro Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2007 – Beautiful Surprises

I will be the first to admit I had not heard of Villadoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo but as you will soon see I think I stumbled on the surprise of the month.

Farnese Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007 – Terrific Buy

If you have experience with Abruzzese vintners then you know that the name Farnese is associated with affordable ready to drink Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2006

Cantina Zaccagnini’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is as popular in New York as it is back home in Abruzzo with 8/10 wine shops carrying this brand just in NY

Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (2006)

This Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by Gianni Masciarelli was first produced in 81 from his multiple estates in Teramo & Chieti, ruby red with an unexpected delivery

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Wine – Gathering a Landscape in a Glass

What can 5 years living in Abruzzo bring? A deep falling in love with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine: a red that is made from fat & juicy Montepulciano grapes

Pecorino, a Fragrant White Wine by Abruzzo’s Cerulli

A must-try organic Abruzzo white wine is the Pecorino by Cerulli Irelli Spinozzi’s vineyard in Teramo. Proof that Trebbiano’s not the only Abruzzo white wine!

Vino Novello Abruzzo Style

November 11 through to Christmas & up to Easter is a great time to be on holiday in Abruzzo, as it’s when the ‘Vino Novello’ is in abundant supply

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo by Emidio Pepe – a Fine Wine Enjoyed by the G8

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo the table wine of choice at a G8 Summit? Seems inconceivable. But the Tokyo G8 saw bottles of Trebbiano from Emidio Pepe’s vineyard

Snow & Wine Guelfi Style

A night at Santo Stefano’s Sextantio Albergo was enriched by the wonderful time we had sampling Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a white wine, Le scuderie del cielo