If you went from Rome, on the Mediterranean side of Italy, directly east across the Appennine Mountains, to the Adriatic Coast you would find the province of Collecorvino nestled in the gentle hills 20km from the sea. This estate has been in the hands of the Contesa family for over a century. In the last 10 years Rocco Contesa split from his brother and formed his own estate on part of the family lands. 

Contesa has 30ha of vineyards and, while not organically classified, they shun the use of pesticides and grow the grapes as naturally as possible. 

The wines are full flavoured and bold but manage to walk the tightrope between beautifully concentrated and over extracted with great finesse. Australians will enjoy the ebullient style of these wines but also the elegance in the final product.