Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

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Castello di Semivicoli, Masciarelli Tenute
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In one of Italy’s most hidden treasures...

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In one of Italy’s most hidden treasures, a wild region off the beaten track known as Abruzzo – less than one hour's drive from Rome towards the Adriatic Sea – Masciarelli Tenute Agricole has been producing top quality wines, oils and Grappa that reflect the bio-diversity of the territory for more than 30 years...

Castello di Semivicoli, Masciarelli Tenute
Castello di Semivicoli

In one of Italy’s most hidden treasures...

The post Hidden paradises for wine lovers: Masciarelli Tenute Agricole appeared first on Decanter.

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In one of Italy’s most hidden treasures, a wild region off the beaten track known as Abruzzo – less than one hour's drive from Rome towards the Adriatic Sea – Masciarelli Tenute Agricole has been producing top quality wines, oils and Grappa that reflect the bio-diversity of the territory for more than 30 years...

Castello di Semivicoli, Masciarelli Tenute
Castello di Semivicoli

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Hidden paradises for wine lovers: Masciarelli Tenute Agricole

In the shade of the Maiella massif, for centuries the sacred residence of monks and hermits, the landscape is dotted with fortified villages and tiny towns, such as San Martino sulla Marrucina, the beating heart of the Masciarelli winery, and Semivicoli, site of a historic baronial mansion.

Maiella

Maiella

The “Castello di Semivicoli”, restored to its original splendor through long renovation works, is a charmant relais with eleven bedrooms dedicated to lovers of beauty off the beaten track, and has surprising appeal and authenticity.

Built in the XVII century, this family jewel surrounded by vineyards and olive groves was chosen by Gianni Masciarelli, the winemaker who indelibly marked the history of Abruzzo oenology, as a landmark in the promotion of wine-tourism in the area and is managed today by his wife Marina Cvetic Masciarelli, a grande dame of wine.

Masciarelli Tenute

The castle of Semivicoli is immersed in the rhythms and pace of the past: it allows you to rediscover serenity, harmony and peace by taking a walk through the portico, the old stone olive mill from the 19th century, the barrel house and the flower-filled gardens.

Original materials and colors, stone fireplaces, loggias, kitchens and pantries create ideal environments for reading, relaxing and exploring local life, where Masciarelli wines can be found in farm to fork delicatessen.

Masciarelli Tenute, Casacanditella

Casacanditella

Masciarelli Tenute Agricole is a leader in the production of Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, along with other indigenous and international grapes, and a reference point for classic Italian wines. With over 60 parcels of vineyards in the 4 provinces of Abruzzo (Chieti, Teramo, Pescara, L’Aquila), the winery can uniquely expresses the astonishing diversity and variety of terroirs of the region.

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Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
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