The Tenuta Secolo IX estate is located east of the Tre Monti gullies created by the River Pescara, and more precisely on the slopes of Mount Morrone, between the villages of Castiglione a Casauria and Tocco da Casauria, a district known since ancient times for its special climate and soils.
Constant breezy currents in the morning and evening mean days are warm with clear skies and nights are cool and dry.
The features of the clay and limestone soils are enhanced by this microclimatic and endow the wines with a sensory profile found nowhere else in the world.
The Tenuta Secolo IX estate shares cultural and artistic roots with the Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria. Built in 871 AD, in the reign of Emperor Louis II, Abbot Leonate developed the abbey to the point that it became the chief social, economic, religious, and cultural attraction not only for locals but also for visitors from far afield.
The Tenuta Secolo IX winery has recovered the ancient traditions of the abbey, now a national monument, and pays homage to its floral decoration in its logo.
Tenuta Secolo IX builds its bond with the past of these lands by adopting local winegrowing traditions and winemaking methods while applying state-of-the-art technologies to these traditions and methods to enrich the grape and wine quality. Interaction, development and social ethics with respect to nature are the underpinning of this new reality.
A small grape of excellent quality, of gold, almost amber hues, makes the delicious, sweet and fragrant Moscatello, the most prized wine in this district. Rare and refined, it was already famous and much in demand at the time of the ancient Romans, who used it as currency.
The variety became one of the main resources of this territory and even generated remarkable economic development. Consequently, prestigious families from many regions, but especially Romans, chose to settle in the Moscatello district. Moreover, the story of this grape is the tip of an iceberg for the many tales inspired by its extraordinary properties.
Thanks to the stories handed down from generation to generation we know how Saint Felice saved his bishop by making him drink a few drops of grape juice. The friars who built up and promoted the social and productive life of the abbey, gifted Moscatello to popes.
Then the ciambelle di San Biagio, simple, round, frugal biscuits made with the authentic traditional recipe, acquire their exceptional aroma and flavour only if dipped in the precious wine of sun-dried grapes.