The landscape around our estate has been heavily shaped over millions of years by multiple glacial processes. The region around Loreto Aprutino shows geomorphologies typical of glacial and periglacial environments, including glacial circles, moraines, rock glaciers, roches montonèes, kettle holes and soils with patterned ground surface. The study of the soils within the kettle holes show that these morphologies were comprised of sequences of buried soils characterized by the presence of wind-blown volcanic ashes. However, the most important environmental characteristic of present day Abruzzi is its incredible biodiversity. Filled with an impressive number of National Parks, the region borders the Apennine mountain range towards west, the Maiella mountain range towards south, the Sibylline massif towards North and the Adriatic Sea towards east. Over 20% of the Abruzzi region is covered by woods.
Loreto Aprutino is nestled in a very unique position for central Italy. At 300 meters above sea level, Loreto Aprutino sits closely to a geomorphologic rarity: the Ghiacciaio del Calderone, the southernmost glacier in Europe and the only one in the central Mediterranean area. The origin of the name “Loreto Aprutino” can be found in ancient Roman times and is credited to a forest of bay leave trees that supposedly dominated the area back then. Loreto Aprutino boasts ancient origins dating back to Italic, Roman and early Christian settlements.