The Cerulli family has been part of the regional fabric of the Abruzzi for centuries. Like others in the area they prospered not from olives and grapes, but from prized wool sheared from local sheep and delivered to Florence where it was woven into world-renowned textiles. However, the family was always forward-thinking. Grandfather Cerulli founded Casal Thaulero which under his presidency swiftly went on to become the Abruzzi’s most successful wine cooperative.

More recently, his grandson Enrico has taken over management of his family’s ancestral property, Azienda Agricola Cerulli Spinozi, a 148-acre estate on which Montepulciano and Trebbiano are grown.

Enrico’s passion is to make outstanding wine in this immeasurably superior quality subzone called Colline Teramane (Teramane Hills), Abruzzi’s only DOCG (awarded in 2002), with his top bottling, Torre Migliori, a single vineyard wine. Cerulli farms organically, controlling pests with eco-friendly copper salts and giving leaves plenty of air space. He keeps a small area of 30-year-old vines for the complex must they produce, despite the exorbitant cost of farming these low-yield plants.