Location: Ortona, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy

Fantini is located in Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy. The wines, which were originally labeled under the name Farnese, are made by winemaker Rino Santeusanio.

Points of Differentiation

  • Native varietals made in an international style
  • The vineyards are located on Mount Majella which protects the vines and allows them to ripen gradually
  • All of the grapes are hand sorted and selected
  • Vinified for early consumption
  • The ideal “By the Glass” wine line


The History

The wines from Abruzzo became famous in the 16th century, thanks to Princess Margaret of Austria. Princess Margaret and her husband, Prince Farnese, began producing high-quality wines that were enjoyed at feasts all over Europe. Farnese has made sure that these wines from Abruzzo have kept their excellent reputation throughout the years with Fantini becoming the most recent example of Farnese’s dedication to producing high-quality wines.

The Farnese Group is not only dedicated to producing high-end wines but also to giving back to the surrounding community. They partner with small family farms that have been in the area for generations and bring in world-class consultants to work with the families to help them grow higher-quality grapes. In addition, Farnese also takes long-term contracts with the families helping to ensure that the families do not need to worry if they will be paid after the harvest season is over.

When crafting the wines, Fantini employs the most advanced winery technology available to ensure the wines reflects the authentic characteristics of the grapes used. Farnese believes that excessive effort in the vineyards is pointless if the winery is unable to maintain specific standards when bottling.

In the winery’s words, “We believe we cannot produce a great wine without constant supervision on behalf of expert winemakers. This is the reason that, for each vintage, Fantini employs six top winemakers to work in perfect harmony with the grapes and ensure they are turned into great wines.”

The Terroir

Mount Majella protects the vineyards which are located on the hillside and stretch down to the sea. The vineyards enjoy optimum exposure and an excellent microclimate which explains why the vines produce grapes with remarkable complexity and fruit-forward flavors.

The Fantini line is made from the best grapes from the mountainside vineyards. Once the wines have been produced, they move to the cellars at the restored Caldora Castle.

The wines

  • "Casale Vecchio" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

    Fantini's "Casale Vecchio" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is made up of 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The wine is aged six to eight months in barriques. Very deep, brilliant ruby with purple reflections, the bouquet shows excellent intensity and richness, with notes of ripe red fruit, macaroons, marzipan and sweet spices.

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  • Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC

    Fantini's Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is made up of 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The wine undergoes no oak aging to preserve the freshness and aromas. Bright pink in color, intense and persistent aroma, fruity with hints of strawberry. Medium bodied, balanced, intense and with great persistence.

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  • Chardonnay IGT

    100% Chardonnay. Fantini Chardonnay undergoes no oak aging to preserve the freshness and aromas. Lovely straw yellow, the nose is intense and quite persistent, fruity, with notes of tropical fruit and peaches. On the palate, good balance, body, intensity, and persistence.

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  • Edizione Cinque Autoctoni

    Made from 33% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera, 30% Primitivo, & 7% Negroamaro, Edizione Cinque Autoctoni is aged 13 months in barriques. Very deep garnet in color, with an extremely intense and persistent bouquet reminiscent of cherries and plums, ripe currant, tobacco and toasted notes.

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  • Gran Cuvée Bianco Vino Spumante Brut

    Gran Cuveé Bianco Vino Spumante Brut is made from 100% Cococciola. The wine ages in stainless steel and the bottle. The brilliant hues and perlage introduce an ample, intriguing bouquet of green citrus fruit and flowers, zesty flavors on a mineral backbone, elegant balance and long, crisp finish.

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  • Gran Cuvée Rosé Vino Spumante Brut

    Gran Cuveé Rosé Vino Spumante Brut is made from 100% Aglianico del Vulture. The wine ages in stainless steel and the bottle. Pomegranate in color, with elegant and persistent perlage, its bouquet has notes of cherry, raspberry, red currant and wild strawberries confirmed on a fresh, flavorful and well-balanced palate.

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  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

    Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is made up of 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzz and undergoes no oak aging to preserve the freshness and aromas. Ruby red with garnet reflections, the bouquet is fruity reminiscent of red fruits, marasca cherries, plums, and vanilla nuances. Full-bodied, with good balance and firm tannins

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  • OPI Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva DOCG

    Fantini OPI Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva is made from 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The wine ages 12 months in barriques before blending and six months of barrel aging. Ruby red with garnet reflections with an intense, spicy bouquet with hints of chocolate and goudron that never overwhelm the fruit.

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  • Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGT

    Fantini Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane is made from 100% Pinot Grigio vineyards located in Valle del Belice in Sicily. After the grapes ferment the wine is left sur lie for three to five months. Straw yellow with golden highlights with fruit and herbal aromas, hints of peach, grapefruit, lemon-lime and mineral flavors.

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  • Sangiovese Terre di Chieti IGT

    Fantini Sangiovese Terre di Chieti is made of 100% Sangiovese. Garnet color, fruity bouquet of strawberries and black cherries with vinous notes and hints of wood, quite intense and persistent; medium-bodied, with firm tannins and good balance, immediate appeal.

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  • Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC

    85% Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and 15% Malvasia. Fantini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo wine is aged in stainless steel and bottle. Lively and intense straw yellow color; the nose is intense and fruity with notes of peach, medlar and floral notes of white flowers, orange and lemon blossoms. Well balanced, with good structure and length.

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