Visit to Anfra and Interview with the owner

During this past spring break I took a visit to Pescara, Abruzzo to see my friend and interview him about his wine. I was able to go to the Anfra institution and see the vineyards, the machinery and the workers. Below are some pictures I took at Anfra:

One place where the magic happens inthe wine process

A view overlooking the vineyards of ANFRA

Wine Vines-Trebbiano D'Abruzzo

Me in the Anfra vineyard

First I asked Francesco Savini, the co-founder of Anfra how long has Anfra existed. He said it  was founded in 1970 as a farm and in 2003 he produced the first bottle of wine with the ANFRA label.

When asked why he started Anfra he said he and his brother had always a passion for wine and grapes from the Pineto area produce excellent wines.

The vineyards that I got to see were their newest vineyards, were planted in 2007 and the first harvet was in 2008, but the largest harvest was in 2009. Pertaining to a vineyards if the gardner/vine expert does a good job, in one year one can harvest the first grape. After 3 years you will have a great production. At Anfra the oldest vineyards are from 1968, being planted by Francesco’s grand parents and now are regarded as being medium aged for the world of wine.

Currently Anfra’s line includes 11 labels, divided into five types of grape.

In the 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo there are:

1. Reilla- Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG Colline Teramane

2. The most popular- NERO DEI DUE MORI Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

3. ANFRA Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

4. Borgo Santa Maria Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Then there are 2 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo-Cerasuolo

1. ANFRA-Cerasuolo Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

2. Borgo Santa Maria- Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo DOC

Then there are 2 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

1. Borgo Santa Maria-Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC

2. Anfra- Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC

Then there are 2 Pecorino IGT

1. ANFRA- Pecorino IGT

2. Borgo Santa Maria-Pecorino igt

Finally there is one Passerina

1. ANFRA- Passerina IGT

When asked what the different stages that occur in a vineyard Francesco replied in saying that the various processes that take place in the vineyard, vary from year to year based on many factors. The main factor is climate, then there are seasons. In summary, all the tasks that are executed at a vineyard are: tillage, soil preparation, mulching herbs in excess, digging, cutting grass between the rows, anti-parasitic treatment plant, vine pruning, tying, picking/trying the fruits, and  thinning grapes. After all these steps the final step is the harvest.

Anfra wine is now sold in Italy, particularly in the Abruzzo region and also in some regions in Switzerland and throughout the U.S. specifically through some wine clubs online. And Yes! Anfra exports wine. Export practices usually involves the same importer. In the United States of America the wine must be registered with the Food and Drug Administration FDA and receive a code that identifies the company. All product shall be processed with a warning label, with its endorsement of the law.

Anfra has won multiple awards which include:

Gold Medal Award 2004 in the Abruzzo region Packaging of Two Black Moors;

Grand Mention Diploma of the International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2008 for the Two Black Moors 2005;

Silver Medal International Wine Competition 2009 for the Black Vinitaly the Two Moors 2006;

National finals in 2010 with the Black TreBicchieri Gamberorosso of the Two Moors 2006;

Award Best Value Gamberorosso on driving BereBene Lowcost 2010 for ANFRA Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2008;

Grand Mention Diploma of the International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2010 for the Two Black Moors 2007;

When asked about marketing and followers Savini replied that the new media are shifting more and more to social advertising. Anfra in this sense has been active on both Facebook and Twitter. It currently has more than 2,500 friends and 1,000 fans on Facebook. The numbers are growing constantly, as many people consider this channel as a form of being close to the company. In the coming periods Anfra intends to involve its customers, organizing contests, and interactive promotions.

When asked if there was a specific process used to produce his wine Francesco answered that the vinification techniques used are classical ones,  and there is not a special method that is not already in use elsewhere.

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2 Responses to “Visit to Anfra and Interview with the owner”

  1. Hello, this is a very good article about Anfra and also informative about the wines and exporting. I work with Francesco to import his wines to the US and ship them to our various wineclub customers. Thank you for such a nice article about such a wonderful winery and winemakers. We love the wine and Francesco too!

    cheers,

    Crafty (Import Manager, Global Wine Company, Sausalito, CA)
    415-339-3097

  2. Donald Munro Says:

    Was writing about Anfra for some wineclubs we run and found your post. Looks like you had fun!

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