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Set in the heart of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo region’s Teramane Hills, Frontenac’s 10 hectares spread across the slopes of the Tronto valley, facing the Adriatic. Originally planted in the 1950’s with the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, the vineyards have been systematically replanted over the last fifteen years with the same variety.
In replanting, the aim has been to make the best use of sunlight and soil properties. Thus, while the greater part of the vineyard is planted in rows, in areas of strong sunlight the traditional ‘sun-shade’ method has been favoured, since it allows separation of grapes from foliage, protecting the grapes from direct sunlight and ensuring even ripening and greater evenness of colour, producing superior grapes.
For its wines, Frontenac supplements the produce of its own vineyards with quality grapes acquired from local farms and farmsteads with whom it has for generations maintained a mutually valued relationship. One of Frontenac’s chief agronomists has, for the past 10 years, had the task of inspecting the small neighbouring vineyards, with a view to improving their production and strengthening commercial ties.