is one of the 12 DOC zones in the southern part of the Marche region, in central Italy. Like many Italian winemaking areas, its history can be traced back centuries. According to the medical doctor and naturalist Andrea Bacci (1524–1600), this wine is linked to Hannibal (247–183 BC) of Carthage. The story goes that while Hannibal was marching on Rome, he provided his weary army and even his horses with large amounts of Conero wine.
Awarded its DOC classification in 1967, this production zone covers a small area on the slopes of Mount Conero, south-west of Ancona between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. Its vineyards sit on mineral-rich chalky and clay soils which, combined with a continental climate, provides an ideal terroir for the cultivation of vines.
According to regulations, the wine must be made from at least 85%Montepulciano with the possible addition of up to 15% Sangiovese. It is a powerful and full-bodied red, characterized by its concentrated color, intense aromas and flavors of black cherries intertwined with Mediterranean herbs and firm tannins. To achieve its full potential and for the tannins to mellow, it generally requires a little ageing.
Montepulciano (Utopia Rosso IGT)
is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. The variety was named after the Tuscan parish of Montepulciano, but, confusingly, is not used in the famous wines produced there. Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy’s DOC and DOCG titles).
is a white Italian wine grape variety grown primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. The name Verdicchio derives from verde (or “green”) and refers to the slight green/yellow hue that wines made from the grape can have. Verdicchio is the principal grape behind two DOC wines produced in the provinces of Macerata and Ancona, Verdicchio di Matelica and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. In addition to producing still wines, Verdicchio grapes are also used to make sparkling wine and straw wine. Verdicchio can produce wines that are virtually colorless with noticeably high acidity that can come across on the palate with citrus notes. Can have flavors of lemons and slight bitter almond notes.