The Ciavolichs were wool merchants from Bulgaria who built the family’s first cellar in 1853, one of the oldest wine making structures in Abruzzo. Chiara Chiavolich, the current generation owner, comes from a family of strong women. She strives to keep agricultural, wine and historical heritage intact in order to pass it on to future generations through sustainability. Ciavolich wines are made with both contemporary and ancient vinification techniques, respectful of the original variety and territory producing wines that are straightforward, clean and with deep spirit.
The Aries is made with 100% Pecorino. These grapes come from one hectare of pergola abruzzese planted in 2000 on the Ciavolich’s Pianella estate and from one hectare of cordon-double guyot in Loreto Aprutino planted in 2011. The grapes are hand harvested at dawn and carried directly to the winery in small baskets where they are then pressed softly and fermented in stainless under controlled temperature. Once fermentation ends, a small part of the wine is moved into 2009 French oak tonneaux for three months. Then the wines are reunited and bottled and continue aging for about two months.