Niche processed products made from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes

“Tenuta Arabona is the continuation of the family farm founded by my parents in the 1960s, who were passionate winegrowers. After finishing my agricultural studies, I dedicated myself to the farm with the aim of increasing its size, to diversify the production chain,” said Domenico Radica, co-owner with and Maria Antonietta De Acetis, of the Tenuta Arabona winery.

“Since 1991, we have adopted organic farming methods on our 20 hectares of land, with the aim of transforming the products directly in the fields, in order to offer customers a product with a controlled chain.”

Maria Antonietta De Acetis and Domenico Radica, owners of Tenuta Arabona

In addition to wine production, since 2006 the company has been transforming native grapes into grape juice, jams and cooked grape must, made from one of the most widespread and oldest grape varieties in Abruzzo, the Montepulciano.

“With climate change and prolonged drought, farms are going through a difficult time. That’s why I think staying grounded also means embracing a way of life in which only strong passion outweighs daily struggles. .”

“The processing of grape jam has a long tradition linked to the territory, which has been passed down from generation to generation. After the hand harvesting of the whole berries, picked at an optimal point of ripeness – with different methods from those of the wine production – they are crushed, always by hand and with patience, by the traditional operation of “scrocchiatura”. They are then cooked briefly over low heat, then the skin and the remaining seeds are separated using of a sieve”, explains Maria Antonietta De Acetis.

Consumers who generally buy these processed products aim for those who express tradition and service, but above all, appreciate the healthy aspect associated with organic and environmentally friendly agriculture.

There are two formats available, one of jam of 230 and 750 grams, and the other of grape juice of 250 and 500 ml. The high raw material content, the long-lasting taste and the know-how of the processing, without the addition of sugar, thickeners or preservatives, are among the main selling points.

In addition to the basket of products, the company deals with small batches of chili pâté, pumpkin jam and Pera d’Abruzzo tomato puree. The latter is a local vegetable, brought back to the fore by the local guardians of biodiversity, who collected the seeds and valorized it. It is a niche product, with particular characteristics, being very delicate, since it lacks those resins that rather characterize hybrid products.

“Our cooked grape must is a niche product whose particularity characteristic is a high Brix degree. It is processed using strictly traditional methods, which is why it is in great demand as a condiment to accompany cheeses and meats. In Abruzzo it is mainly used for the preparation of typical desserts.”

“Current critical issues include rising production costs and difficulty in finding raw materials, including cardboard and glass, the latter of which has increased by an average of 30%. Italy and abroad (USA, Denmark and Belgium) where the quality brand made in Italy is in great demand and stands up to the competition.”

For more information:
Tenuta Arabona
Via dei Vigneti, 4
65025 Manoppello, Pennsylvania
+39 085 8561902
+39 335 577 1722
[email protected]

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