Winery Profile

Lamberto Vannuci started Centorame in 2002 with 3 hectares. Each year he plants a little more: now there are 10 cultivated hectares. They are scary-steep hillside plantings, dotted with evidence of natural, by-hand farming methods. More than a few artichokes are planted in Vannuci’s fields. Adjacent to the vineyards is a small field of old olive trees that Lamberto farms. His olive oil is lovely, bright green, fragrant. Centorame also grows cherries.

There is evidence of recent plowing between the rows of Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Pecorino and recently-planted Passerina. No chemical fertilizers are used at Centorame, only cow manure. Most of the vines are trellised to cordone speronato, planted to a density of 5,000 plants per hectare. Close to the winery is one parcel of 30-year-old Trebbiano that is still grown on the old, low density high pergola Abruzzese.

Vanucci believes in “using slow, good machinery that respects the grape.” All of the fruit is estate-grown and hand harvested in small baskets, from parcels quite close to the cellar. In regions that can be warm at harvest (like Abruzzo) this really matters. It is better for the eventual wine if little time passes between fruit being picked and finding shelter in a cool cellar.

The cellar is new and spotless. Each parcel of Vanucci’s estate is vinified separately, then selections are made at the end of the process to create a final blend for each wine.

Centorame is committed to only using clean energy. Impressively large towers of solar panels loom above the fields. In the sun-exposed mountains of Abruzzo there is real power to be made from these installations.


“I draw energy from the work of Lamberto Vannuci. Still too few farmers take this path. He’s a young guy undaunted by the challenges of being an organic farmer in a relatively poor, remote place. And he makes really tasty wine, olive oil, and beer, too! It’s hard not to be inspired.” – Jay Murrie, Piedmont Wine Imports



Wines

Centorame “San Michele” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: Certified organic. 100% Montepulciano. From a four hectare parcel of cordone speronato vines, planted at a density of 5,000 plants per hectare. Clay-limestone soils. The vineyard is 260 meters above sea level. Centorame harvests very late in the season by regional standards. Hand-harvested, 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks with 20 days of skin contact. San Michele is aged for one year in steel tank and one year in bottle before release.

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