Vinum Hadrianum Travels Back in Time
In humanity’s relentless pursuit of perfection, it’s too common for some of our most exceptional achievements to be left behind. Our unwavering passion to innovate seduces us into believing that perfection lies just beyond the horizon. However, a good argument can be made that some accomplishments should be embraced, not erased. Consider this: Many of man’s most signiﬁcant achievements date back thousands of years.
Remarkably, many of the world’s most towering achievements in what we call “ancient times” have neither been improved nor replicated by any generation that followed. To this day, scientists and architects are still bafﬂed by what our
predecessors accomplished without the technological advantages we enjoy today.
matched. Even the production of wine—nectar of the gods—was accomplished
using superbly innovative methods. Yet, in the thousands of years that followed, these insightful techniques fell victim to the common belief that there must be a better way.
While that conclusion may partly be true, good arguments can be made to the contrary. What is incredibly unique about the Abruzzo winemaking community is its renewed interest in its ancient history. Tools and techniques used to develop a robust wine culture 2000 years ago are being rediscovered by winemakers in Abruzzo. For quite some time, winemaking artifacts seemed more interesting to archeologists and historians than vintners. But that’s changing as a renaissance of ancient winemaking is quickly gaining momentum.