Italy’s last wilderness is Abruzzo. Considered Europe’s greenest region.
The landscape here features low-lying hills, with vineyard exposures looking out to the sea. Beautiful, cold nights and gentle, warm and nourishing days make the perfect environment to grow grapes and olives. It is here in the heart of the Abruzzi that you’ll find the ilauri Wines.
Ilauri was founded by the Di Tonno family in 2001, their wine making is centred around a sustainable artisinal approachto native and acquired varietals.
The Ilauri definition of an artisanal identity is that of a philosophy in producing wine and its intrinsic quality. AsRodrigo would say 'It is not a question of how many bottles one produces or which varietal one plants but the authenticity and pleasure it displays in one’s glass'.
Mags and I have been enjoying the ilauri wines for many years now. We love the clean fresh approachable Tavo Pinot Grigio, named after a river that flows through the region.
Like all good Italian and Spanish roses the Chiola has a strong cherry colour, made with 100% montepuliciano grapes this is perfect on a hot afternoon or evening in Singapore. We recently served this at an outdoor production in the garden of a Black and White and it was the perfect tipple for sitting back and enjoying the show.
The Salto sangiovese never fails to please. Due to the diversity of Abruzzo’s land and climate the variety and richness of the food in Abruzzo is one of the best on offer in Italy The Salto pays tribute to Italian dishes and grilled meats. At such an affordable price point its perfect for BBQ’s or long dinners with friends. A beautifully balanced wine with subtle oak and dark fruit flavors.
If you are ready for a change from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio and have an open curiosity try the Avalos pecorino. A white grape that thrives in Abruzzo. Pecorino is an elegant dry white, with complexity and flavors of almond, pear apple and lime and a lovey mineral finish.
The vineyard’s flagship wine is the Bajo Montepuliciano. Absolutely delicious, great with food, or on its own and incredible value for money. Ilauri meticulously researched the best combination of aging for this key grape and they have found the perfect formula, grab a bottle and try for yourself.
We love the wines so much we have recently added the Prosecco and Brut Rose to the collection. If you enjoy an Extra Dry Prosecco, you must give the Ilauri one a try, it’s elegant and delicious. The Brut Rose is a seductive and vibrant, festive sparkle, made exclusively with montepuliciano grapes . Best enjoyed chilled with trout mouse, seared scallops or blinis.
Watch the video below to see some of the beautiful vineyards and hear from Rodrigo owner and manage himself.