In 2006, Maurizio di Nicola aided by his great nephew began the work of recuperating a century-old farm in the village of Penne, situated in the shadow of the 2900-meter Gran Sasso mountain in the Abruzzo. The crops include farro fields, fruit and olive trees, and 3.5 hectares of vineyards. Maurizio calls the wines Q500 (Quota 500) because all of the vineyards sit at 500 meters or higher. (And incidentally, they look down on Valentini�s). Farming is certified organic, fermentations are indigenous, and the wines are unfiltered. The enologist consultant is Professor Leonardo Seghetti, from the University of Teramo.