Why we love it
The Passerina is a native grape from Abruzzo and Marche and had almost completely disappeared until, a group of wineries, recently, decided to bring the grape back and use again, not in blends, but on its own, with very interesting results and wines. This sparkling wine, made with the Charmat method, with Passerina grapes grown in Abruzzo by the Ciavolich family, is an enchanting Brut with a very elegant nose with floral notes, is perfect as an aperitif but also pairs perfectly shellfish and raw fish.
The artisan who made it
Nestled in the Abruzzo hills, facing the Adriatic sea, is the small town of Miglianico, is located the Ciavolich winery. Founded in the late 1950's, the Ciavolich winery is now jointly run by wife and husband Chiara and Gianluca. Abruzzo is largely known for the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, but they also grow native grapes such as Cococciola and Passerina, only found in the oldest wineries and in very small quantity.