TOLLO

The municipality of Tollo s located in the Province of Chieti, in Abruzzo.
It stands on a rounded hill at 150 meters above sea level in an area of ​​14.96 square kilometers lying between the hills that gradually rise towards the Majella massif from the Adriatic Sea. From the village, you can enjoy a remarkable panorama: the Adriatic sea, which is about four kilometers, on the other side the mountains of the central Apennines, with the Majella “Mother” and the Gran Sasso that seem to embrace the rich vineyards and olive groves.
Associated to the Città del Vino,, its economy is mostly based on agricultural production, especially wine production. In 2015 was opened the Municipal Enomuseum, built after the restoration of one of the very few ancient palaces in the historic center that survived the bombing of the Second World War. Inside, a tasting room for wine tourists, a conference room and a space used for exhibition of ancient work tools used in the vineyards and for the making of wine. The town hosts several events, the best known are the historical re-enactment of the siege of the Turks in the same days of celebrations for the Madonna del Rosario the first Sunday of August, Toll&fav in spring and the Bacchanals in July.
For tourists visiting Tollo, available a good offer of accommodations, hotels and b & b, and restaurants.

The area of Tollo,
the climate influenced by the breezes coming from
the sea and near the Majella massif give the wines a unique personality.

VITICULTURE

The cultivation of vines and the consumption of grapes and wine in Tollo date back to Roman times, as evidenced by the discovery of wine and oil dolia and wine cells and the remains of Roman “villae rusticae” where viticulture had a central role. The grape growing specialization is maintained over the centuries and the dominations that followed one another in Tollo retained this specificity, from the Lombards to the Normans up to the Kingdom of Naples.
In the Middle Ages, in the tithes of years 1308, 1323 and 1325 Tullo or Tullum is mentioned, in a prophetic way, among the towns having to serve laboratores seu vinarum to the Diocese of Chieti.
At the beginning of the modern age, in 1776, Tollo’s wine was already famous in the Kingdom of Naples, enough to be celebrated in the poetic compositions of the friar Bernardo Maria Valera published in 1835, which defines Tollo area as: “Little land in Abruzzo Citeriore and not far from the Adriatic Sea, in a pleasant position and famous for its red wine, (ruby) commonly called Lacrima”.
After many centuries of growth, during the Second World War Tollo was destroyed, being from November 1943 the front along the border with the territory of Ortona. Together with the old town, the farms and the vineyards were destroyed.
However, the Tollese growers did not lose heart and, in the immediate post-war period, they took up again the cultivation of the vines. The vineyards embroidering again the gentle hills.
Thanks to the vines, Tollo was one of the very few Abruzzese towns that was not affected, if not marginally, by the phenomenon of emigration. Thus began the renaissance of viticulture in Tollo, a path that marked a crucial stage with the birth of the PDO Tullum.

A LAND OF QUALITY

The territory of Tollo gives the wines a uniqueness. This is motivated by the climate, first, influenced by the breezes coming from the sea, which is only a few kilometers away, and by the thermal excursions between day and night due to the proximity of the Majella massif on one side and the Adriatic sea on the other. Then, the soil that has diversified substrates, however not too fertile, particularly suitable for quality viticulture. The climate-soil combination means that the territory is different in the individual terrain, which is why the Tullum PDO identifies the types based on their location on the map.