Colline Pescaresi, Abruzzo, Italy
Ciavolich Pecorino is a beautiful food-friendly white wine from Italy's Abruzzo region. The name of the winery is Ciavolich Azienda Agricola. The Ciavolichs were Bulgarian wool merchants who, in 1500, arrived in Miglianico, where, in 1853, the family constructed their first wine cellar, which is one of the most ancient winemaking buildings in Abruzzo. Today the family winery is owned and run by Chiara Ciavolich and her husband Gianluca. We met Chiara at our shop in October 2016 and immediately fell in love with her wines!
Within a category normally dedicated to large, industrial production, Ciavolich produces a mere 3500 cases from the very best fruit grown on their prime, coastal vineyards, with the remaining fruit sold off. Entirely hand-harvested, the wines of Ciavolich reflect the time honored, traditional winemaking techniques of Abruzzo. The winery produces only one Pecorino, from one hectare of pergola planted by Chiara's father in 2000. The boxes of grapes are transported to the cellar in the early hours of the morning. The grapes are gently pressed and the must is then decanted into stainless steel vats and barrels. 50 hl ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats while 24 hl are fermented in 4,600 ltr barrels from 2009. The wine then stays on its fine lees in stainless steel vats and barrels until February. It is then bottled. It is at its best after the summer, and depending on the harvest, it improves in the bottle even after some years.
Enjoy Ciavolich Pecorino over the next 4-5 years with grilled branzino, roast chicken, pasta, salami, and Pecorino cheese.