Passomadama wines are born from the idea of the new generation of the Barba family. The family, with traces back to the fifteenth century, has been active for decades in the field of agriculture with one main goal: to enhance their best vineyards and make the most out of them. Barba is situated in an area with a profound agricultural position, an undulating landscape with with large bumps of almost flat and rounded sides, often interrupted by steep slopes favored by a mild and bright climate. Here, the summer offers long sunny days alternated with cool nights, whereas winter is mitigated by the influence of the nearby Adriatic Sea.
This project includes about 20 hectares of vineyards placed in particularly suitable areas at about 300 meters above sea level. This location allows to obtain grapes with great potential and extremely interesting wines.
Abruzzo is a fascinating region, rich in landscapes and soils. Not only the beaches and mountains very well known to tourists, but also lakes, rivers, plateaus and valleys, hills. And it is precisely on one of these hills that flank the Vomano River Valley that the vineyards from which Passomadama wines are produced are located. These grapes grow at medium altitudes, in one of the most suitable areas in the district of Teramo, in the heart of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo and Colline Teramane Docg production areas.
It is the first plant of modern espalier vineyards with vines obtained from decades of clonal selection carried out by the family. The project for the next few years is to plant new vineyards at altitudes above 400 meters in order to make it possible for the grapes to ripen more gradually and, therefore, in order to fight the negative effects of climate change.
During the harvest, the grapes are collected in boxes and carefully selected to be vinified in the cellar. The staff has the task of taking care of grapes and musts at all stages of winemaking in order to obtain pleasant, fruity, and elegant wines. Everything happens under the constant and qualified supervision of Dr. Stefano Chioccioli, Internationally renowned winemaker.
Although the identity of these wines is rooted in this territory and its traditions, the modern, versatile and dynamic style of the new Barba generation and the Passomadama project is very well recognizable.