".... così benedetta da Dio di bellezza di varietà di ubertà, tra questo digradare di monti che difendono, tra questo distendersi di mari che abbracciano, tra questo sorgere di colli che salutano, tra questa apertura di valli che arridono....."
Giosuè Carducci a Recanati il 29 giugno 1898 in occasione del 1° centenario della nascita di Giacomo Leopardi.
"..... so blessed by God with beauty of varieties of affluence, between this descending mountains that defend, between this stretch of sea that embrace, among the hills that rise to greet each other, between the open of this smiling valleys ..... "
Giosuè Carducci in Recanati 29 June 1898 on the occasion of the 1st centenary of the birth of Giacomo Leopardi.
Piceno is historically the southern area of the Marche region. Today it is the territory defined by the province of Ascoli Piceno, a hilly landscape geographically included between the highest peaks of the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.
The Piceno has always been an area with a strong agricultural vocation, over the years it has specialized in viticulture thanks to the presence of important native vines:Passerina, a rustic white grape with generous production, which gives light wines with strong acidity. Pecorino, an ancient white grape variety abandoned due to its low production and therefore almost disappeared. Since the end of the 90s it has been rediscovered thanks to the stubbornness of small local producers. Low production, strong acidity, complexity and structure, Pecorino is a wine suitable for aging.Montepulciano is the main red grape variety of the Piceno area, generous and rustic, rich in tannin and anthocyanins. Late-ripening, it is a very versatile grape capable of giving life to complex, structured wines suitable for long aging, but also for the production of rosé wines.Sangiovese is a very generous red grape, with delicate tannins and good acidity. Historically mixed with Montepulciano and occasionally vinified alone for aging wines.
Other vines have always been present in the Piceno area such as Trebbiano and Malvasia.
Before the discovery of the potential of these native vines, vinified in purity, the wines of the Piceno area were mainly the result of blends. Piceno Superiore DOP, a historic blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese in variable percentages, is one of the oldest DOPs in Italy (1968) and this testifies to the tradition and vocation of the territory.
The fortunate conformation and geographical position of the Piceno has meant that the high density of the vineyard surface has become almost completely organic over the years. Thanks to the conscious choices of the winemakers and the generosity of the climate, Piceno wines manage to have this added value, which is important for the health of those who drink, those who produce and the environment..