Montonico Grape (Slow Food Presidium)
After risking extinction in recent decades, the montonic grapes are now grown in family vineyards by the local population that celebrates them in the folk festival of grapes and wine held in October in the historic center of Bisenti. Some young producers, thanks to the Slow Food Presidium, want to re-launch its cultivation and recover abandoned vineyards for the production of grapes and for vinification and vinegar processing. The bunch is large and elongated and the berries are large and round with a thick, greenish-yellow skin. Although little known or confused with other vines, the mountain has an ancient history, which dates back at least to the 1600s; he had a reputation for a very productive vine, linked more to the production of table grapes than to winemaking. In the '30s the phylloxera destroyed the vines and the strong emigration of the workers decreed the end of the age of the mountain grape. A grape rich in qualities, which for centuries has guaranteed the survival of local micro-economies, but which has been almost entirely supplanted by trebbiano or cococciola. Thanks to the project of recovery, the mountain is back to live on the hills from which it had disappeared, even producing a quality sparkling wine.