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.