Since 1853, Azienda Agricola Ciavolich has cultivated fine grapes from vineyards located in Abruzzo in south-central Italy. The estate consists of 44 hectares stretching between Chieti and Pescara. The vineyards are located at an altitude varying between 80 – 400 meters above sea level with an average vine age of 25 years.
Within a category normally dedicated to large, industrial production, Ciavolich produces a mere 3500 cases of Ancilla, Montepulciano di Abruzzo from the very best fruit grown on their prime, coastal vineyards with the remaining fruit sold off. Entirely hand harvested, the wines of Ciavolich reflect the time honored, traditional wine making techniques of Montepulciano di Abruzzo.
In Abruzzo, "Ancilla," the Latin word for girl, represents the young girls who served wine to the nobility of ancient Rome. Ancilla displays a deep, purple, red color and aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and plums. Smooth in the mouth, the wine has youthful, gentle tannins and beautiful balance, while offering complexity, grip and structure on the palate, Ancilla presents a classic expression of Montepulciano di Abruzzo that reflects the culture of the region and the terroir of the Ciavolich Estate vineyards.
Total production 3500 cases