We set out on our path in 1998. That was the year the Pizzolo Family decided to restore an old vineyard of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo found on our property, that we had acquired years earlier. It was nestled in the valley surrounded by the mountains, not far from the town of Popoli.
Careful observation of the environment where the vineyard is situated and the passion for agriculture, a legacy of generations of a farming family, encouraged us to undertake an in-depth study of the origins of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
This research, conducted together with Prof. Leonardo Valenti of the University of Milan, enabled us to trace the oldest evidence of this grape variety in some uncontaminated mountainous zones near Valle Reale.
The historic vineyard cultivated in “Abruzzo arbours”, dating back to 1960, taken care of and started up again for production, became the company’s first cru, the San Calisto Vineyard. Moreover, it is actually also “the father” of all the Valle Reale vineyards. Indeed, after a careful selection of the plants, the buds of mountain Montepulciano were collected and later grafted and used for new vineyards.
This eventually gave rise to the agricultural and agronomic project of Valle Reale, which continues today thanks to a motivated group of like-minded people.