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Region: Marche

Conero DOCG

Facts about this wine

Wine: Red wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Strong
Min. alcohol: 12.5%
Mandatory Storage: Min. 2 years
Storage potential: 7 years

Just South of the dramatic Ancona promontory, we find Conero, a beautifully situated zone overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The vineyards are placed as an amphitheater, around the 570 meter high mountain, Monte Conero, including the municipalities of Offagna, Camerano, Sirolo and Numana, as well as parts of Castelfidardo and Osimo.

For several years, Rosso Conero DOC had been considered one of the best red wines in Marche, but as the type obtained its DOCG in 2004, and as of that year, there were a lot of people worldwide who became aware of the wine’s qualities.

Originally, Rosso Conero DOC was synonymous with a fresh and fruity wine, with a slightly less rustic touch as the Montepulciano cousin from the neighboring region in the South, Abruzzo, for example, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, but with its DOCG ranking, it seems one is more focused on the wines with greater concentration and density, not least on those aged in barrels. This change has in no way prejudiced the quality – the expression and the style is simply changed, and it will certainly appeal to those, who prefer sharp and juicy red wines.

However, there are still not many producers of the new Conero DOCG, most of them sticking to its little brother, Rosso Conero DOC.

Conero DOCG is a deep ruby red wine, with an inviting and vinous fragrance. The taste is harmonious, dry and very rich, often with hints of licorice and pepper. The grape composition consists of Montepulciano (85-100%) and Sangiovese (0-15%).

If you come across a Rosso Conero Riserva, this is the aged predecessor of the Conero DOCG. Although the wines are required to mature in barrels, it is not obligatory for the producers to write 'Riserva' on the label.

The minimum mandatory aging period for Conero Riserva DOCG is 2 years, starting from November 1st of the harvesting year. The storage potential is 6-7 years or more.

Conero DOCG pairs perfectly with grilled dishes and roast.

Great dishes to have with Conero DOCG

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