Abruzzo is an extraordinary land that lives in perfect balance between tradition, passion and innovation. A strong and gentle land.
In "A Farewell to Arms," Ernest Hemingway describes these ancient lands like this, "L'Aquila was a fine town. It was cool in the summer at night and the spring in Abruzzo was the most beautiful in Italy. But what was lovely was the fall to go hunting through the chestnut woods."
What is Abruzzo famous for?
Nature has always ruled unchallenged here, and man has managed over the centuries to weave a bond of peaceful balance and great respect.
The landscape that the people of Abruzzo have built has not been moulded, gentled and made sterile and fake. Here skilled, humble and respectful hands have transformed a simple land into an area with a strong identity and culture through laborious and harmonious transformation.
Abruzzo shows the charm of pristine purity. And wine in this magical land is the master.
In order to savour the scents of the vineyards, be enthralled by Abruzzo wines and enjoy the relaxation and sports and nature activities that dominate these lands, we have selected the 10 best Wine Resorts for an intoxicating vacation.
1. Castle of Semivicoli - Masciarelli
Castello di Semivicol Via San Nicola 24 66010 - Semivicoli, Casacanditella Chieti
In the charming Castello di Semivicoli, a 17th-century baronial palace, the Masciarelli family, one of Abruzzo's most illustrious and iconic wine companies, has created a tasteful and charming wine resort.
Eleven suites each one different from the others, furnished with class and elegance, create a timeless atmosphere. The castle's period interiors have been exalted by a conservative restoration that dialogues with contemporary design furniture pieces. An original 18th-century olive oil mill, a cooper (for making wooden barrels) and ancient kitchen revive the bucolic, rural atmosphere of centuries past.
An outdoor swimming pool among ancient olive trees and breath-taking views complete the communal areas dedicated to leisure and pleasure. Winery tours, tastings, cooking classes and a fitness centre are activities and services dedicated to guests of the facility. There are numerous organized hiking excursions and dedicated guided tours to explore this splendid land that stretches from the Maiella Mountains to the Adriatic coast.
Via Foro, 18, 66010 Ari Chieti.
Valentina and Luigi Di Camillo are taking the family business founded by their father Domenico into a new, progressive future. This diffuse Wine Resort is their new Corporate Hospitality project.
Widespread and dynamic spaces have been obtained by renovating in a simple and elegantly country-style, cottages and old farmhouses immersed in the vineyards of the Theatine hills. Several dynamic, independent and B&B-serviced solutions also offer the opportunity to visit the family vineyards.
Activities such as courses and tastings are also offered in the beautiful swimming pool. There is the opportunity to visit the surroundings of Chieti between Villamagna and Francavilla al Mare with trekking, bicycle tours and practical and nature courses organized on the estate.
Contrada Colle San Giovanni, 1 64032, Treciminiere Teramo
The Cirelli family runs a farm that revolves around respect for natural cycles. A natural ecosystem composed of olive groves, vineyards, fruit and vegetable crops and animal husbandry.
Cirelli Farm Glamping is a Lodge Tent facility created to enjoy this unspoiled land, together with rest, silence, and freedom among the vineyards and ancient olive groves. A totally immersive experience among the ravines of the WWF protected reserve, with the Adriatic Sea behind and the Gran Sasso d'Italia in front.
The Lodge Tendas are equipped with everything to ensure comfort to experience the wild and unspoiled nature but with the most modern services and amenities. The tents are equipped with all modern amenities, with comfortable furnishings and contemporary design. Farm tours, tastings of farm products and an immersive Yoga&Wine course are offered to those who like to experience the atmosphere of camping without giving up the comforts and amenities of a vacation among the vineyards.
Contrada Salmacina, 11, 65014 Loreto Aprutino Pescara
La Masseria del Vino is an old farmhouse from the 1800s that has been expertly restored, surrounded by the vineyards and olive groves of the Ciavolich Farm. An ancient family of wool merchants who developed their winery in the beautiful hills around Loreto Aprutino.
The Masseria ( large farm) is a very well restored ancient rural structure furnished in a rustic yet refined style. It has 6 deluxe rooms obtained from the rural rooms of the Masseria made of wood, stone, and brick.
Relaxation is provided by the panoramic terrace overlooking the vineyards, and a wellness area, with sauna and bath. But the gem is a mystical and mysterious secret garden furnished with jacuzzi tubs, surrounded by the natural beauty of Mediterranean vegetation. Other activities include visits to the winery, tastings and aperitifs to experience wine intensely but in complete relaxation, and for wellness lovers ‘ yoga & wine’ classes, pilates and muscle awakening – but always with a view of vineyards and the scent of must.
Contrada Chiesi, 10, 64010 Torano nuovo Teramo
Emidio Pepe's wines are now legendary in the world. And today the house where the renowned founder Emidio Pepe was born in the 1800s has been transformed into a splendid bio-farmhouse, built according to the most up-to-date criteria of eco-sustainability.
Seven rooms are available and also two apartments furnished with charm and elegance, equipped with every comfort. Special mention must be made to the bio-pool, realised using only natural materials with water hygiene ensured only by chlorine-free mineral salts. Here, self-production and environmental sustainability are found both in the wines and in every food product used on the premises. An organic garden supplies guests and even the flours are produced in-house. It is a haven of well-being that also comprises gastronomy.
Visits to the winery and splendid tastings of old vintages of Montepulciano, Pecorino, Cerasuolo and Trebbiano are conducted exclusively by members of the family, which also organizes all kinds of sports and cultural activities for guests in a tailored and dedicated manner.
Contrada Villa Baccile, 34, 66014 Crecchio Chieti
The Farnese group, which today has several wineries scattered throughout Italy, has a decidedly Abruzzese heart since everything originated in Ortona. And it has decided to focus strongly on its territory by renovating an entire hamlet destined for hospitality.
Borgo Baccile is an elegant, conservatively restored wine resort built in the rural places where the Fantini family has lived since the 1700s. A cosy wine resort with an infinity pool over the vineyard where guests can choose to stay either in the four mini-dwellings in the hamlet which are equipped with a kitchen or in the six double rooms also within the small ancient hamlet. There is truly a family atmosphere here, and even the names of the different rooms and apartments are inspired by family history.
Several tasting tours are offered to give an authentic wine experience accompanied by an excellent selection of culinary delights. Numerous sports activities are also offered with bicycles provided by the resort.
C.da Casablanca 21 64035 Castilenti Teramo
Contado San Lorenzo is an oasis of hospitality in the Abruzzo hills in Castilenti on the slopes of Gran Sasso. The typical cottages, owned by the farm of the same name, are nestled within the vineyards.
The property has a complex of several early 20th-century rural dwellings in use for guests. Elegantly renovated and equipped with every amenity, they provide opportunities for a break in a rural setting among vineyards and centuries-old olive trees. The gem is a spectacular circular-shaped apartment created from an old silo that is wonderfully striking and unique.
The property offers various activities and experiences. From cultural visits to the surrounding villages to outdoor activities such as trekking and biking to, of course, classic wine tours with wine tasting, wine classes and cooking classes.
Contrada S. Calisto 65026 Popoli Pescara
This charming wine resort is located in a poignant and unspoiled mountain environment, situated in the middle of three nature reserves: Majella National Park, Sirente-Velino Regional Park and Gran Sasso National Park. In a natural and wild environment, populated by wolves, bears and chamois there is the opportunity to stay in comfortable suites designed and furnished with a rural style and natural materials. All this is immersed in valleys adorned by the vineyards of one of Abruzzo's most representative wineries.
The most exciting experience is the Wine experience with tasting of old vintages of organic and biodynamic wines produced by this historic winery accompanied by delicacies from carefully selected local producers, the result of a careful and passionate search for excellence.
Contrada Peschiera 69, 65020 Pescosansonesco Pescara
Within the Gran Sasso National Park and not far from the Laga Mountains, in the hamlet of Pescosansonesco, Tenuta Testarossa offers elegant rooms furnished in a rustic style in a classic country house set amid greenery. Here living stone and beamed ceilings create a peaceful, old village atmosphere.
An outdoor swimming pool, solarium, bicycles and various out-door activities are the services the facility offers, as well as tasting tours presented, of course, with the winery's own wines.
Tenuta Cerulli Spinozzi S.S.150 km 17.600 64020 - Canzano Teramo
We are in the Cerulli Spinozzi estate in Canzano in the province of Teramo, in the rolling hills of Teramo.
The Cerulli Spinozzi estate has renovated an old country farmhouse. The property directly overlooks its own vineyards, with a breath-taking view of the Gran Sasso. Five rooms furnished in a simple and informal manner with a communal area with a beautiful fireplace corner in which to appreciate the warm and comfortable atmosphere typical of Abruzzo.
Visits to the winery and tastings with the estate wines are offered to guests accompanied by gourmet products selected from the best local producers
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