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Between the mountains and the sea: Collefrisio d’Abruzzo

ORGANICALLY-FARMED COLLEFRISIO, the project of third-generation winemakers Amedeo De Luca and Antonio Patricelli, is located in the breathtakingly scenic hills of Frisa in the Chieti province of Abruzzo. The modern architectural winery features a huge loft overlooking the vineyards and neighbouring Majella mountain range, while its quiet, peaceful cellars lie underneath the vines.

Abruzzo’s synonymous Montepulciano grape is in its element here. Undulating, elevated vineyards situated between the Majella massif and the Adriatic sea receive continuous ventilation, with strong winds and large temperature swings slowing maturation of the grapes and limiting the accumulation of sugars, moderating alcohol while allowing extended flavour development.

The 35 hectare estate is divided into three distinct vineyards, all farmed organically, with three wines certified organic, Montepulciano, Trebbiano and Cerasuola d’Abruzzo. The star for us though is the 12 hectare Morrecine vineyard, a particularly stony hillside slope that overlooks the sea, producing a beautiful mid-weight Montepulciano wine of intensity and grace.

Collefrisio features as part of our latest Italian promo, with 20% off all still wines between now and the end of October. Cin, cin.

Our top selling red of the last 12 months revealed!

THIS WAS MATT’S first find in the early days of Curious Wines, spotting a review in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for a new garigiste (literally: garage winemaker) in Rioja. The 2010 Bozeto de Exopto received a rave review and 90 points from Jay Miller. Contact was swiftly made with winemaker Tom Puyaubert and a few months later we landed …

August Case of the Month

AUGUST’S CASE OF THE MONTH has a strongly Iberian/Hispanic feel to it with Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina all featuring from this month’s special offers. Starring the amazing new Parcela #7, save €35 and a ton of time for our best foot forward… …

Five new Malbec + 20% off Argentina

THE EYE-CATCHING Nacido & Criado is one of FIVE new Mendoza Malbecs just landed on our first ever container from Argentina. These are the quintessential steak wines and all the more timely for the extended barbecue season we’re all enjoying. All the styles are represented, from young and easy-drinking to heavy and oak-aged, and all with an introductory 20% off to help you …

The stuff of legend: NEW Viña von Siebenthal

THE FIRST TIME I came upon Parcela #7 was in 2009, when I was given a bottle by the then importer. We were only about six months in business at the time but it was the best Chilean wine I’d ever tasted. In one bottle my entire perspective on Chile and its potential for top class wines changed. Mauro …

Australia’s Winemaker of the Year 2018: Paul Hotker, Bleasdale

THE FIRST BOTTLES of Bleasdale Wines in Ireland landed into our small (and constantly freezing cold!) warehouse in Bandon in late 2009. We were just over a year old and planning our first direct shipments from Australia the following Spring. This historic, fifth generation family winery was a coup for two guys still getting their wine business off the …

Douro’s Quinta do Judeu: The Wise and Ancient Valley

Douro’s Quinta do Judeu: The Wise and Ancient Valley There is a story which has weaved its way, like old gnarled vine itself, into the history of the Alves de Carvalho family’s spectacular Douro valley winery, Quinta Do Judeu. It centres around the Judeo-Roman statue from which the winery takes its name, an imposing figure who stands watchful, …

In search of the Mad Hairy Fella

Taming the wild beast: In search of the gorú in his Jumilla spiritual home LAST WEEK during a trip to Cartagena I decided to make, along with my small daughters Este (3) and Tilly (1), the 150km pilgrimage across Murcia to the wine region of Jumilla, to visit one of our most popular suppliers Ego Bodegas. …

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