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Passerina “Colle Maggio” is the most recent success in Torre Zambra’s endeavour to revive Abruzzo’s precious native heirloom cultivars. The essence of Villamagna’s dependable hill terroir finds a powerful voice in this monovarietal white made out of Passerina grapes.

The vineyards are on the slopes of Colle Maggio hill, in Villamagna, about 200 metres above sea level and with perfect south-east exposure. Yield per hectare are around 120 quintals, on limestone and clay soils that imbue the wines with their minerality and longevity. Manual picking guarantees that only the clusters at the best stage of ripeness make their way to the wooden crates.

The grapes are cold-macerated for 24 hours and soft-crushed, then the wine matures for two months in steel vats and for two months in the bottle, in true winery tradition, emerging an elegant, intense, brilliant straw yellow.

The fresh, elating nose shows hints of Granny Smith and citrus fruit, while the mouth echoes the freshness, combined with a perfect roundness, with a balanced sensory profile also vaunting a pleasing tanginess. Pair with fish dishes, shellfish and white meat.


Vintage Publication or competition Rating
2018 James Suckling 89/100
Vitae 2 viti
Prosit 85
Veronelli 1 Stella

Colle Maggio Vineyards

In the Colle Maggio vineyards the vines have an average age of 25 and allow us to create fragrant and complex white wines and red wines suitable for long aging. They are located at an altitude of 150m above sea level with exposure to South and South East.

Technical Sheet

Designation: DOC Abruzzo
Varietal: 100% Passerina
Training System: Spurred cordon rows
Yield per Hectare: 120 quintals
Harvest Period: first ten days of September
Vinification: cold maceration; soft pressing of the skins
Fermentation 20 days in stainless steel tanks at 14 - 16 °C
Ageing: on fine lees, in steel vats for 2 months and in bottle for 2 months
Cellarability: 2 years
Bottles: 750 ml