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Region: Marche

Rosso Piceno DOC

The Greek historian Polybius (c. 200-118 BC) wrote that Hannibal, on his march towards Rome, got the horses in the cavalry “rubbed with red wine from Picenum to give them new energy”. Also, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) mentions the Picenum wine, although he wrote that the wine was grown “on the other side of the Alps”. On the other hand, back then they had no GPS.

The Picenum wine is named after the people who created the thriving region known today as Marche (Le Marche), known for its quality wines long before the ancient Roman occupation.

Wine is produced in several municipalities in the provinces of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. The Rosso Piceno vineyards are located especially on the upper hills, with altitudes of up to 700 meters above sea level.

The area is dominated by the peaks of Monti Sibillini, and, according to the legend, the mountains are named after the prophetess Sibyl. She was given the gift of immortality from the god Apollo and the interesting ability to be in different places at the same time.

Blue grapes are dominant, especially the red Montepulciano and Sangiovese, which are especially highlighted in the red wine Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC, a cru wine produced in a limited area in the province of Ascoli Piceno.

Learn more about the types of red wine Rosso Piceno by following the links at the top right of the page.

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