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Abruzzo’s Edoardo Valentini was known locally as the “Lord of the Vines.” This resolute old-timer disregarded all modern conventions and wrapped his operations in a shroud of mystery, carefully guarding his production techniques.

Valentini remains one of the oldest and greatest names in Italian viniculture; masters of traditional winemaking. The Valentini family is Spanish in origin, dating back to 1650, when the Bourbons ruled southern Italy and Abruzzo formed the northern limit of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In 1868 Camillo Valentini was formerly recognised for the quality of his wines. However, as was common during the time, the estate was managed by a factor, not by a member of the family.

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In the 1950s, Edoardo was the first Valentini to dedicate himself to the propriety until his death in 2006. His son Francesco Paolo Valentini has since taken over, aided by his (Hispanic) wife Elèna, and now son Gabriele. Located in the heart of the Colline Teramane DOCG zone of Abruzzo, at Loreto Aprutino, on sandy/ calcareous clay soils in sight of the Adriatic sea, the 60-hectare estate is divided between olive oil and grapes (Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo).

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Valentini in Abruzzo has long been a winery shrouded in secrecy: it is rarely open to visitors, their vinification methods are largely unknown, and their wines are released only when they are deemed ready in the most miniscule quantities. They make some of the few Italian whites and roses that arrive (and improve magnificently) with age, and their Montepulciano is bottled only in great vintages!
While biodynamic winemaking inspired by Rudolph Steiner has become fashionable, Francesco's father Edoardo developed his own dynamic natural style in the 1950s, based on Greek philosophy and planted most of the perfectly mature wines in the vineyard around that time.
While other great Italian winemakers have looked to Burgundy for inspiration, the idiosyncratic Valentinis completely eschew the cru system. Instead, they employ a highly rarefied selection of their best grapes to make the singular varietal Trebbiano and Montepulciano. 98% of their grapes are sold off to local co-ops, and they keep only the top two percent to craft their estate wines. These are some of the most eclectic and authentic wines to their varietal and place imported into the United States today!
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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Valentini . In a tasting of  18 wines 

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