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Borgo di Colloredo

In one of the most picturesque areas of the Italian territory, Molise, twelve kilometers from Termoli is located Borgo di Colloredo winery. A union of history, traditions and wine

 The enological fame of Molise was known since ancient Roman times and Pliny the Elder, in its monumental Naturalis Historia, wrote about fertile slopes facing towards the Adriatic sea, near the ancient town of Cliternia, with a mild and tempered climate particularly suited to the cultivation of vine. In this area is located Borgo di Colloredo winery. In the 1960s, Silvio di Giulio, founder of the winery, bought an estate near Nuova Cliternia, forty five hectares of fertile land and particularly exposed to sun rays in a hill facing towards south-east, towards the Adriatic sea, a place full of promises for the best conditions of vine cultivation and wine production.


View from a Borgo di Colloredo's vineyard
View from a Borgo di Colloredo's vineyard

 Slvio di Giulio, whose origins are from Tollo, Abruzzo, aware of the long family experience and of the historical wine traditions of its home land, he always had the idea of starting a project about specialized viticulture and, after having bought the Nuova Cliternia's estate, his dreams could finally turn into reality. The first project of the winery is dated back to 1968 and it was completed within the end of the 1970s. Passion for vine and wine was passed to his sons Enrico, winemaker, and Pasquale, agricultural cultivation specialist, who continued running the winery with enthusiasm.

 Di Giulio's brothers had the idea of introducing new local vine species in their winery and, at the beginning of the 1990s, they started the winery's restoration. This renewal introduced new vine species, including the white berried grapes Garganega, Malvasia Bianca and Falanghina, as well as the red berried grapes Aglianico, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is also involved in experimental cultures and productions by using Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. During the winery's restoration, the original machinery were renewed and introduced new ones according to the modern wine technologies. However di Giulio's brothers paid particular care to keep the precious cultural and traditional heritage of their lands whose history passed on to us up to nowadays. Also favored by the illustrious past of those places, di Giulio's brothers called their winery “di Colloredo”, in honor of an ancient building, destroyed in the sixteenth century, where it was subsequently built Madonna Grande Church having an octagonal base which is part of the winery's estates. As a matter of choice of the proprietors, the winery is considered an “open project” for their customers and the public, both for experts and simple tourists, the winery's doors are always open for them.

 According to a wider and continuing renewal project, the winery is working on the existing vineyards maintenance as well as planting new ones in the aim of starting a new project about viticultural zoning to be completed, according to the winery's plans, within four years. This project is based on the evaluation of the functional properties of the land while paying attention to the microclimate as well as to the different vine species cultivated in the estates. The goal of the project is to discover the potentialities of the land, related to every single vine species, in order to make wines whose quality is the result of the harmonic relationship between land and vine. This is an important leap forward in the aim of obtaining higher quality products, in respect to the properties and characteristics of the territory. All the factors influencing wine cultivation in relation to the effects and the characteristics of the territory are being analyzed, in order to better apply the best conditions capable of optimizing every resource. The project will have its natural development in the control of the results which make, as a matter of fact, the real goal of this research.

 The winery currently has a total capacity of 15,000 hectoliters (396,258 gallons) and is run in respect of quality and by the high level of the technologies used. No matter wine technologies are modern and sophisticated, this scrupulously meets the best criteria in respect of the typicality of products: from thermo-controlled vinification of must obtained by soft pressing, to maceration of must in skins for relatively long times for red wines, from stabilization to bottling, every phase of the production is controlled with particular care. Young wines are aged in steel tanks, whereas Gironia Biferno rosso and Aglianico Terre degli Osci age in oak casks and barriques.


The cellar. Here wines patiently wait for
time to do its job
The cellar. Here wines patiently wait for time to do its job

 Borgo di Colloredo production offers typical wines from Molise, both DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). Wines produced by the winery are currently exported for 70% in the European Union and Japan, whereas 20% is destined to the Italian market and the remaining 10% to Molise. Among white wines produced by Borgo di Colloredo, it is worth mentioning Biferno bianco Gironia, produced with Trebbiano Toscano, Bombino Bianco and Malvasia Bianca, an interesting interpretation of this renowned Molise's DOC, fermented and aged in steel tanks. Also interesting is Falanghina, one of the typical white berried grapes of the region, aged in steel tanks. Among white wines there is also a Trebbiano, direct and pleasing, aged in steel tanks, just like every other white wine produced by the winery. Among red wines produced by the winery, it is worth mentioning Sangiovese Terre degli Osci, aged in steel tanks, and Montepulciano, aged in steel tanks as well, both very pleasing and direct. Certainly interesting is Biferno rosso Gironia, produced with Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes, aged in cask for 12-18 months followed by 6 months of aging in bottle before being commercialized. Also Aglianico Terre degli Osci is an interesting and well made wine, with good body, exclusively produced with Aglianico grape, ages for three months in barrique followed by a further aging of 4-5 months in bottle.

 




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Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Sangiovese Terre degli Osci 2002, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Sangiovese Terre degli Osci 2002
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese
Price: € 2,80 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant purplish red color and nuances of purplish red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals pleasing and clean aromas of fruit such as black cherry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry followed by good aromas of geranium and violet. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, good balance, pleasing tannins, intense flavors and good body, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of raspberry and cherry.
Food Match: Sauteed meat with mushrooms, Stuffed pasta, Cold cuts



Molise Falanghina 2002, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Molise Falanghina 2002
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Falanghina
Price: € 5,80 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes clean and pleasing aromas of citrus fruits, ripe banana, hawthorn, almond, apple and pear. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly round attack however balanced, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple and pear.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish, Soft cheese, Sauteed fish, Crustaceans



Molise Montepulciano 2001, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Molise Montepulciano 2001
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Montepulciano
Price: € 4,20 Score:
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of purplish red, little transparency. The nose mainly reveals pleasing fruity aromas, clean and intense, such as black cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum followed by good aromas of geranium. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, good balance, with intense flavors and good body, very agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, raspberry and black cherry.
Food Match: Broiled meat and barbecue, Sauteed meat



Biferno Rosso Gironia 2000, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Biferno Rosso Gironia 2000
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Montepulciano (75%), Aglianico (25%)
Price: € 7,50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows a deep ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas of black cherry, blueberry, plum, carob and dried violet followed by good aromas of licorice and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack well balanced by alcohol, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with good flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry. This wine ages in cask for 12-18 months followed by 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Sauteed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Biferno Bianco Gironia 2002, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Biferno Bianco Gironia 2002
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Trebbiano Toscano (70%), Bombino Bianco (25%), Malvasia Bianca (5%)
Price: € 5,80 Score:
The wine shows an intense straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas of citrus fruits, hawthorn, apple, honey, hazelnut, pear, peach and plum. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a pleasing crisp attack however well balanced by alcohol, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of pear, apple and plum.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish, Soft cheese, Broiled fish, Crustaceans



Aglianico Terre degli Osci 2000, Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Aglianico Terre degli Osci 2000
Borgo di Colloredo (Italy)
Grapes: Aglianico
Price: € 6,40 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas, mainly of fruit, such as black cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and plum followed by good aromas of carob and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack however well balanced, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with clean flavors of black cherry, raspberry and plum. Part of this Aglianico ages in barrique for 3 months followed by 4-5 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Broiled meat and barbecue, Braised meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Cantine Borgo di Colloredo - C.da Zezza, Loc. Nuova Cliternia - 86042 Campomarino (Campobasso) Tel. 0875 57453 Fax 0875 57110 - Winemaker: Enrico Di Giulio - Established: 1994 - Production: 300.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@borgodicolloredo.com - WEB: www.borgodicolloredo.com


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