Pasetti history is rooted in bourbon era, when Silvestro Pasettistrong> - Mimmo's ancestor - bought several pieces of land from Farina marquis: over that place he started to plant some vineyards. Silvestro’s dream was carried on by his son Rocco who never gave up, especially when he had to face and defeat the fillossera plague. He died because of a bomb, among his beloved vineyards, while he was on the way back from the war. If he hadn’t died, for sure he would have strongly supported Franco's brave choice to make wine. Franco was the first of four sons. In the 1960s Mr Micuccio encouraged his son-in-law Franco to make wines by himself. Micuccio ran a tavern in Pescara city. Actually he also used to sell wines within and outside the Abruzzo region. From the beginning Franco got great results, even though there used to be an unwritten rule over Abruzzo which stated that wine had to be make as was usual: fair quality and reasonable expectations. The most part of southern Italy wine makers used to share this habit. Because of low costs and good quality, Franco gained a good reputation. Both customers and sales volume increased. Nevertheless, Franco remained a peasant: he was able to whisper to the vineyards, reaping fine grapes from them. He knew that working hard was necessary to get excellent bottled wines. Twenty years after the cellar construction, Mimmo – Franco’s son – encouraged his father to put their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in bottle, for the first time. At that time Mimmo was studying oenology. Because Franco wanted to celebrate the birth of Francesca (his first granddaughter), he finally agreed with Mimmo’s idea. Francesca, Mimmo’s first daughter, was red hair, exactly as the beautiful Madame Rachele - Franco’s mother - was. Franco bottled the “Testarossa” wine, to pay homage to those two charming women, which represent the symbol of the past and the future of the family. Today, Testarossa is the most representative brand of Pasetti winery.
Nowadays Mimmo, Franco’s successor, runs the winery: he got the deep love for his place from the father and in the same way, he got an utmost discretion from him. Although hailing from a place hostile towards outward interferences, Mimmo’s attitude is divided between the will to thoroughly safeguard the heritage of the beloved Abruzzo and his natural tendency for innovation. Because of his enterprising spirit, Mimmo started to buy some pieces of land in Pescosansonesco, in the heart of the national park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.
His dreams were coming true. A remote 45 years old vineyard was hiding itself in the middle of the above-said land: wildly neglected, that precious vineyard came back to life thanks to Mimmo’s efforts and love. Finally, in 2000, the old vineyard gave delicious fruits away. Those fruits will become the top wine of Pasetti winery: Harimann. This dry red wine is both majestic and fine, with soft and persuasive tannins. The word “Harimann” derives from “Harimanni”: northerner soldiers that in medieval time moved to Abruzzo. Strong and brave warriors, like Mimmo is. These are the best features of the selected area: the strong termperature ranges between the day and the night, the constant wind and the richness of the soil itself. In fact, the composition of the terroir is both clayey-calcareous and rich in skeleton or pebbly subsoil. The gravity of these features attracts a man who is able to realize its resources. That happened to Mimmo. He has dedicated himself heart and soul to the reconvertion of the vineyards, bringing them from the coast to the mountain. On the coast, he wasn’t able to get the hoped quality. And so he bought some land in Castiglione a Casauria and Capestrano. All the wines that Pasetti makes are coming from the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. These wines represent the will to remain connected both to local places and native grapes. Harimann and red Testarossa are made with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, some other wines are obtained from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino and Passerina white grape varieties, instead. Pasetti also makes a wonderful sweet white wine made with Moscatello di Castiglione grapes, an ancient vine variety almost disappeared. At a time when the most part of the viticulturists used to implant international grapes like Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay, Mimmo decided to focus on native grapes. He was sure they would be able to give excellent results if implanted in a proper soil. Because of his certainty, Mimmo recovered an ancient vine variety : the Pecorino. The bet was won and today the pecorino wine is giving great opportunities to the whole Abruzzo wine-maker community. Mimmo is a reserved man and loneliness lover . Nevertheless he is the president of the regional Coldiretti, because the passion he has for the viticulture is not only towards his winery: there are more than 30.000 small farms in Abruzzo, which may be able to make the difference in the wine world, if only they were organized in a proper way. Today Mimmo and his wine Laura, a dynamic and smart woman, run the winery along with their 3 sons: Francesca Rachele who manages the offices, Massimo who is the export manager and the last one, Davide, who is an eonologist.