The vine is a unique clone, which originally produced a small number of grapes. Noted for its medium-low weight bunches, not excessively compact, and a medium-small grape allows it to naturally obtain a higher grade of berry.

The clone, was found and recovered in the Castiglione a Casauria zone. After ten years of genetic research and experimentation the clone called Uba-Ra-Mo 16 was approved by Italian Minister of Agriculture and the risk of extinction was recognized.

It’s the results of the awareness raised by the Consortium for the Protection of Moscatello di Castiglione organized in 2003, and to the experimental work carried out by Angelucci’s family, Regional Agency for Agricultural Development Service, University of Foggia, University of Bari and supporters of the historical documents of Antonio Alfredo Varrasso.

The production of Moscatello di Castiglione can be dated back to the second half of the seventeenth century. The first written proof is traceable in Libro degli affitti, case vigne, adoa dell’Illustrissima Camera Baronale di Castiglione alla Pescara in 1747 where it was reported that a certain Pietro Cristallini as well as a certain Gesmino Gesmini paid for the properties ‘per il Moscatello alle Coste di San Felice’.
In a more incisive manner, there is also record of a certain Filippo Fasulo from Naples (a government employee working for the tax department who was sent to Pescara to evaluate the fiscal standing of the Petris-Fraggianni family), who wrote in 1766 that, ‘In the summertime there are many fruits that are sold as well as a Moscatello of very good quality which is transported all the way to Aquila. This allows for a considerable yearly income’.

In the years to follow, similar notes included in deeds are repeated and give consent for the identification and value of the property and zones of production, such as Coste di San Felice, Costa delle Forche, Vicennola and Fornaca. The economical importance that the wine brings to the territory is also mentioned up until the first twenty years of the twentieth century.

After phylloxera and the immigration of many Abruzzo inhabitants abroad, Moscatello di Castiglione a Casauria in the last one hundred years continued to be cultivated only in small, unprofessional plots destined for family consumption. The wine was used during local festivities such as the celebration of the S. Biagio patron.