Francesco Di Gregorio and Andrea Calloni are the friends and business partners behind Mormaj. Founded in 2015, the company was born from their desire to organically produce the two typical products of Abruzzo: wine and extra virgin olive oil. Their 10ha estate, named Tocco d' Italy, is located in the commune of Tocco da Casauria in the province of Pescara. The property is nestled in the hills of the nearby mountains, Monte Morrone on one side and the Majella on the other, which give the wine its name. The vineyards are highly influenced by their proximity to the sea, which is only 30km away, and by the surrounding mountains, whose gorges bring fresh, cooling winds. On the property, 5ha are dedicated to growing 1,000 olive trees that are all over 100 years old, and the remaining 5ha are committed to growing Montepulciano, Trebbiano, and Pecorino grapes. From the beginning, their priority was to make authentic products with minimal intervention and to farm organically, for which they received certification in 2015. Grapes are all hand-harvested and fermentations are carried out spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. They make still, varietal wines as well as small amounts of 'metodo ancestrale' sparkling wines, none of which are fined or filtered and only receive minimal doses of sulfur.