I met Nicola and Teresa on a buying trip to Italy in 2019.
We were specifically looking for a decent Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to replace a popular wine we used to ship, a wine that was discontinued.
I had checked out this winery from home before arriving at the show and it was one of a list of several that appeared to have that which I needed.
As I approached the stand, Nicola greeted me and I sort of spurted out "...is your Montepulciano any good...?", a ridiculous question on the face of it but a useful one in light of limited time available; the conversation can at least be a short one.
Nicola's answer was priceless and delivered without hesitation, "yes, the best in the world".
I must have raised my eyebrows because he then added "no, it really is", as chosen in the Luca Maroni guide (a respected one) in 2014, 15 and 16.
The particular wine that won these accolades is of course the top-of-the-line "Janú" which we have recently started to stock whereas what we really need is a more affordable, every-day wine.
But he showed me that too and also several "levels" in between.
All from organically grown grapes (since 1978) and made using no animal products.
I really like this producer - although we have only had a couple of orders, already they have show huge trust and faith in us and have allowed us a new order despite us not knowing when we can pay (coronavirus).