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The Italian Region (ital. Abruzzi) with the capital L'Aquila is located east of Rome with an approximately 130 kilometers long Adriatic coast. It is divided into the provinces of Chieti, L'Aquila, Teramo and Pescara. Viticulture was here by the Etruscans already in the 7th century BC Chr. Introduced. The Greek historian Polybius (210-120 BC) mentions in his History of the Roman Empire in the Part on the Carthaginian Commander Hannibal (247-183 BC), that the wines from here were particularly suitable for strengthening the soldiers. Also the Roman authors Pliny the Elder (23-79) and Andrea Bacci (1524-1600) mention the wines praising.
The region is dominated by the Apennines, which reach their highest peaks here with the Corno Grande (2,912 m) in the Gran Sasso massif and Mount Amaro (2,795 m). About two thirds are mountainous and one third hilly. Viticulture is partly operated in high altitudes up to 600 meters above sea level at the foot of the mountain range. The climate is characterized by extreme temperature differences between day and night or summer and winter. The vineyards cover about 33,000 hectares of vineyards on limestone, loam, sand and gravel.