Il Conte Villa Prandone Winery
“Il Conte” has deep historical, artistic and wine growing roots in Marche, a land of ancient traditions, which are becoming renown worldwide. In the province of Ascoli Piceno lie the splendid hills of Monteprandone. Here, fanned by the breeze of the Adriatic Sea, the De Angelis family have their both vineyards and also olive groves. The prestigious wines, “IL CONTE – VILLA PRANDONE” originate from different varieties of grapes: specifically Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Merlot, Passerina, Pecorino and Trebbiano. Experience, sacrifice, and, equally importantly, passion for the grapevines on this generous land are their key to success. Perfect harmony between Walter’s and Samuel’s uncompromising exactness in the vineyards and Emmanuel’s equally important know-how in the wine cellar create these truly stunning wines.
Il Conte is 4km inland from the Adriatic coast at an altitude of 150/200m above sea level. The estate has a large underground wine cellar for aging wines as well as a pleasant tasting room. The 25 hectares of surrounding vineyards, made up not only of old but also new plants, are entirely exposed to the southwest. The grapevines are predominantly raised with a system using vertical trellis bilateral guyed and spur pruned cord, at a distance of 60/80/100cm from another, on sandstone, clay calcareous soil. Furthermore, yield is limited to 60 and 90 tonnes per hectare through thinning and selective vintage. In addition, local climatic conditions allow the grapes to reach perfect ripeness.
The vineyard lies on a hill near Monteprandone, in the southern part of Marche, by the border with Abruzzo. Rolling hills coupled with valleys and also villages here and there form part of the view from the winery. In addition the blue of the Adriatic Sea can be seen to the East. Conversely, the snow-covered tops of the Appennini Mountains appear to the West. Locally there is a variety of cultivation such as meadows, cornfields, olive groves and vineyards. The secret beauty of this region, along with its wealth of culture and tradition, awaits discovery by the rest of the world.