Valle Reale

Brand Description

Valle Reale was founded in 2000 with the goal of producing world-class wines. Working primarily with the Montepulciano varietal, the Pizzolo family strives to make wines that highlight the grape’s intrinsic qualities: strength, exuberance, vitality, color, elegance, balance and depth. The process begins with the careful selection of clones that are best suited to Valle Reale’s soil and climate, and therefore best express the distinct characteristics of the varietal. Their success is evident in the young, vibrant DOC base wine, and even more so in the cru, a new benchmark for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Location of Vineyard

Located in the green heart of Abruzzo, Valle Reale’s vineyards are situated inside one of Italy’s most beautiful national parks. This is a wild paradise, with deep gorges carved by glaciers, crystal-clear springs and a diverse array of flora and fauna. Valle Reale is one of the few wine-producing estates in this area of pristine beauty. The topography and climate of this part of Abruzzo is completely different from the rest of the region and unique within central Italy. The vineyards have thin soils rich in limestone, with a light base of clay and sand. The proximity to the Gran Sasso mountain range, and the altitude of the estate itself, create wide fluctuations in temperature between day and night.

Winemaking Philosophy

The grapes grown at Valle Reale take advantage of constant cool breezes that ensure good ventilation and minimize humidity — ideal for the development of fine aromas. Perfect ripening temperatures are reached only in late fall when the first snow whitens Mount Morrone. The geographic and climatic peculiarities of this area are reflected in the wines, which are characterized by the trademarks of fully mature fruit: fresh, elegant perfume and aromatic complexity.

Winter vineyards
Hand Harvest
Leonardo Pizzolo
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grape Cluster
Spring in Valle Reale
Vineyard of Capestrano
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Acclaim
“Good full ruby. Dark perfumed plum, raspberry, minerals and grilled herbs on the nose. Silky and lush for a 2011, but with no shortage of underlying structure, and both very dense and complex. Finishes with fine tannins and superb precision and minerality. Outstanding, multilayered, long Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The vines were planted in 1952, and old vines no doubt contribute to this wine’s magic.”
— acclaim for 2011 Valle Reale Vigneto di Popoli from Vinous, Sep 2018
“Blackberries with crushed stone and slate aromas and flavors. Dark earth and bark. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit and layers of firm tannins running deep through the wine.”
— acclaim for 2019 Valle Reale Vigneto Sant'Eusanio from James Suckling, Aug 2022
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