Villamagna is a quaint medieval village in the province of Chieti, in Abruzzo, located 10 km from the white beaches of the Adriatic Sea and 10 km from the foothills of the Majella mountain range. The town’s vocation for vine growing and, more in general, for agriculture is signified by its name (“big farm” in Latin) and is of very ancient origin: it appears for the first time in a 1059 papal bull by Niccolò II.
Covering only 85 hectares, Villamagna is one of the smallest appellations in the world. There are two distinctive features of this area: soils that are rich in clay, limestone and marl; and a wide diurnal range of temperature. Combined, these features yield deeply hued red wines with complex and intense aromas, a powerful structure, and superb aging potential – wines that are powerful yet elegant: “a velvet touch and an iron hand”.
A well balanced spring was a harbinger of an ideal growth in the following months. The climate during the harvest was hot and dry. Fruity and spicy wines.
Abundant spring rains followed by a dry and hot summer led to a late harvest. Intense and mineral wines.
A great vintage. Ideal conditions in the vineyard, despite the rains in May. Wines with an intense color, rich in aromas and body.
A particularly cool and rainy year, with the sole exception of August. Temperatures below average even during the harvest. Mineral and round wines.
A rather cool spring followed by particularly dry and hot months resulted in very low harvest yields. Full and complex wines.
Abundant rainfall mitigated by high average temperatures yielded particularly significant diurnal temperature variations. Elegant and harmonious wines, particularly fruity.
A bizarre year: frost in the spring, drought and some hailstorms during summer. A thorough selection of the grapes was necessary. Complex wines, fresh and with good acidity.
Homogeneous climatic trend, both in spring and in summer, which resulted in an optimal ripening of the grapes. Wines with an excellent tannic composition, where the spicy notes are in great harmony with the fruity ones.
Cool and rainy spring, followed by a warm and regular summer. Wines of great structure and tannins, with a very intense color.
After an unfavorable April which led to a slowdown in growth, hot winds in the summer favored rapid development. This determined low yields and grapes packed with sugars. Rich and expressive wines, very promising.