History of the Winery

 

The historic Italo Pietrantonj logo from the 1800s

For more than 200 years, the Pietrantonj family has been passionately committed to continuing the traditions and methods of production, so core to the foundations of the winery, whilst staying at the forefront of innovation. Stemming as far back as eight generations, the family have been involved in winemaking activities on estates in Vittorito and Corfinio, towns that are both in the province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo. These estates are nestled in the heart of the Valle Peligna, the birthplace of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, an area at the centre of production for the region’s celebrated wines since Roman times.

 


 

Murano Glass Tank

The mouth of one of the tanks, lined with Murano glass tiles

In 1893, after increases in production, Alfonso Pietrantonj, an ancestor of the present owner, enlarged the capacity of the cellar by building two magnificent tanks, holding a total of 1402 hectolitres. These tanks, which had no equal in the world, were a true architectural jewel of the period and testify to Alfonso’s courageous and creative spirit. Their most unusual characteristic was the internal sheathing, made of Murano glass tiles, which have been carefully preserved and can still be admired today.


 

Rome, the Pietrantonj winery, and the village of Cansano (Canzano)

In 1889, Nicola Pietrantonj, son of Alfonso, became the first winemaker from Abruzzo to graduate from the Regia Scuola in Conegliano, in the Veneto. A renowned winemaking expert, he was responsible for growing and strengthening the winery’s production from the second half of the 19th century onwards. This knowledge has been passed down through the generations, which is fortunate, as it is often said that it takes two lifetimes to perfect the art of winemaking.