Our winery has been acquired from a traditional cellar built in 1958 with the expertise of years gone by, and restored with great care in Canosa Sannita, a little rural village in Abruzzo. We produce wines that pay respect to our peasant roots, by using cutting-edge technologies and supreme care to ensure quality.
Roveri Winery rises from the ashes of a beautiful cellar, built in 1958, and wisely restored and renovated with new equipment. It is based in Canosa Sannita, a little rural village in the peasant district of Chieti, and more precisely in Via Dietro le Vigne, 1. In this area of Italy, the main activity has always been the cultivation of vineyards. This activity is rooted in the Samnite populations which gave the name to the territory, a testament to its very ancient enological tradition. In this zone, the wine culture has modified the territory, the economy and the history; planting its roots not into the ground but in the habits of its people. Here, almost everybody has a grandfather or a relative who produces wine; everybody perceives this wine as something familiar; everybody is bound to it by their memories and a passion for their traditions. With this in mind, Roveri Winery has decided to produce wines of unquestionable quality with the techniques and technologies of vinification, ageing and bottling all being dedicated to the research of ancient flavours. Appreciations, evaluations and competitions are immediately only of secondary importance, because the evaluation of a taste cannot be objective, and instead it is up to each person to say: “I like it” or “ I don't like it”. From these assumptions you can easily see that our wines are not produced in order to satisfy the masses or to win medals, but simply to fulfil purposes: a personal adventure, a shared experience and an accompaniment for parties and plesant moments. “Wine is a personal pleasure, so if you also like this wine, then that makes two of us”. A.V. This is the simple message that Andrea Veri wants to leave behind, in all of his creations, reaffirming the company philosophy, where wines - all of them obtained from autochthonous grape varieties from Abruzzo, such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola and other international varieties cultivated on site - are produced without the constraints of current trend. Our bottles are envisioned as artwork and, as an artist needs more colours to realize a wonderful painting, so Roveri Winery utilises more grape varieties to create the grapes from which their best wines rise. These ones are never suggested in rigid combinations or with dishes that are difficult to find, because the most important thing is that Roveri bottles are broached for happy events, with a pleasant company; with friends who are able to appreciate them. To create these unique and authentic wines, the wise use of oak barrels is essential.This elegantly completes the refinement of the bottle without losing the character of the brand, which is itself an expression of the land from which it derives. For this reason, bottles are upholstered with labels of natural oak (the same as that of the barrels) then branded with fire, numbered in progressive order, one by one by hand, until they can be given the seal of approval with meticulous attention for authenticity and quality without compromises. Why WINE? I ask myself this question everytime difficulties or huge struggles appear: why WINE? Everything a MAN needs must be produced, cultivated, transformed. Every fruit of our labour is important. Every hour of work provides somebody their share of the struggle and satisfaction. My work is making WINE, because this is what I want to do, because I've chosen it....Because I like it! I like its flavour, its fragrances, the endless stories it can tell, and I want to write my own story, starting from zero; a story that tells you something about me, and that reminds me who I am and where I come from. I want to write a story that tells you the struggles of my peasant ancestors and of my family. I want to invent scents that are connected to memories and which are able to bring to mind beautiful emotions from the past. I want to write a story that can be told every time you share a beautiful moment with someone else, because wine, a good wine, lives in the moment in which it is broached: a party, a meeting between friends or lovers and, sometimes, even on your own, lost in a precious moment of reflection. I want to take part in it! I produce wine because I feel the pride in saying: “I've made it!,”as though it was a son. An idea arises from the struggle, from love, as though it was a son! It is not a creation but a creature needing care and sacrifice. Just like they were my sons, I want each wine to be healthy and made with the best grapes; hand-chosed, so that they won't need anything more. Just like a son, I dedicate my love and time so that he grows up to be strong and good, I take care of his character so that he will realize something unique, unprecedented, alive. That's why WINE. Often I ask myself what makes this drink so important that it could earn a place in history. Before Rome was founded, wine was already the drink of the Greek Gods: its roots go back to the origins of our civilization. It becomes even the blood of Christ. Wine is civilization; wine is religion. Sometimes it assumes the irriverent attitude of recreation and inebriation, other times it brings love or provides bravery and sincerity. Why such importance to a simple fruit of the earth? Why grapes and not cherries? The more I think about it, the more I realize that the reasons for this long and radicated success are very easy, almost banal: they are good, they are healthy and they provide so much happiness. Roveri bottles with their labels in oak wood are not single grape wines but they are the result of various varieties that remind us of the ancient recipes the farmers used to create. I remember, when a was a little boy, my Grandfather explained to me that in order to make a good wine he used to combine a number of grape varieties together, and also that every farmer used to have their own recipe (let’s say, his own blend), so there was competition amongst those who made the best one, and it was always a celebration when there was a good wine on the table. This is what they used to do and this is what we still do at Roveri Winery. These days, agronomy, enology and technology are helping us, but the philosophy is always the same. As the cause engenders the effect, our wish to stand out with something incomparable, pushes us to produce unique wines such as Roveri Bianco “white grapes”, made with three white autochtonous grape varieties: Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola which, with a late harvest and a wise vinification, can evoke powerful feelings. Honey, peaches in syrup, dried figs, yellow flowers and ripe fruits, vanilla, precious spices and minerals enchant the olfaction, before astonishing the palate with a fullness of sweet, bitter, sour and sapid flavours; so supple that its alcohol content, which excedes 14% is completely hidden. Or Roveri Rosso, in “12”, “24” or “36” versions, where the numbers correspond to the amount of months the wines have been stored in their barrels. The Roveri Rosso is made with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Syrah (a grape variety from ancient Siracusa), which have both always been present in our territory and have always blended well together by each enologist according to their own recipe: one with its strong vigour, the other with its supple texture. Our selection is enriched with Roveri Bianco “black grapes” that, as its name suggests, is made with the white vinification of black grapes. With this wine you will enter into a whirlwind of gentle seduction, beginning with its slight peach coloration, its apple, white fruit and almond aroma, and its unusual flavour, where bitterness and softness are balanced. Next, the carbon dioxide from the lees refermentation, amplifies, with its soft perlage, every sensation, releasing a small hint of breadcrust. Roveri bottles with the metal badge have, instead, the role of defending the uniqueness of autochthonous grape varieties, transporting our roots into a new era of good single-grape wine appreciation. Roveri Montepulciano d'Abruzzo D.o.c., which has always been the ‘Prince of the Table’, has the shining metal badge that belongs to those with pride. Very subtle tannins deriving from the ageing in oak wood barrels, and warm fragrances of cinnamon, tobacco and cocoa, blend themselves with the aromas of cherry-red berries and flowers so that they reveal a strong and gentle character that identifies our land. Roveri Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC has the gold badge because it has always been our agricultural population’s economic sustenance and that's why it deserves respect. Well grown, cared for and fermented, it releases fragrances of white flowers and citrus fruits, apples and spices, creating triumphant flavours which culminate in a typical freshness of mouth, and sapidity and softness of famous white wines, which you can obtain, as in this case, only by low yields per hectare. Roveri Pecorino l.g.t. Terre di Chieti has the copper badge, warm and seductive as the colour of this wine in the barrel, when it is barrique fermented. For most people it is a recent phenomenon, for others it is a memory of their youth. There are many vineyards full of this ancient variety of grape deriving from Abruzzo and Marche, that some farmers stubbornly kept growing. Today, we owe the possibility to enjoy a wine like this to them and to their will of bequeathing the culture and the customs of the past. Fresh fruits, pineapples and peaches, flowers and spices of this variety of grape, blend themselves with a very elegant and persistant flavour of vanilla, typical of oak wood. Roveri Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC: its red metal badge reveals immediately its fresh and almost presumptous character of fragrances. It demonstrates all the power of fresh picked cherries fruits and almonds. It hits the palate with a bittersweet sensation, because its life is short and intense.This is because next year there will be a new Cerasuolo, which shows us that we must seize the moment of overflowing youth, to its fullest! Via Dietro le Vigne. The street where my Winery is located, is dedicated to the latest wine series that I am producing: Via Dietro le Vigne. So is my Cellar: immersed in a territory where people dedicate streets to saints, heroes and vineyards too. Wines of this series are more direct and more genuine: like the people of these lands; like a Sunday in the village; like a family harvest.