Trulli launches wines in the UK

03 July, 2007

Just when you thought it was all over, another celebrity wine has joined the race for the shelves, with Formula 1 racing driver Jarno Trulli releasing his Abruzzi wines in the UK.

As the F1 entourage moves into Silverstone for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Trulli’s wines are going on sale through Hallgarten Wines.

Italian driver Jarno Trulli, who drives for Toyota, is part-owner of the Abruzzi estate, Podere Castorani. The estate dates back to 1793, but only began bottling under its own name in 2000, when the Trulli partnership took over.

Podere Castorani currently has 32 hectares under vine, which are all trained in traditional trellis style and are farmed organically. The wines are made under the direction of international winemaker Luca Petricelli, with “an emphasis on well-rounded wines with a powerful expression of fruit”, according to the agents Hallgarten.

There are two ranges of wines produced at the estate: traditional DOC wines and more experimental IGT wines. The top cuvee is the ‘Jarno’ Rosso Colline Pescaresi IGT - a powerful wine made in the ‘Amarone’ style from air dried Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes.

Sales of the range will be targeted primarily at independent retail and quality restaurants.

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