Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) is what a wine lover would describe as heaven on earth.
The Movimento Turismo del Vino sponsors this region-wide event, and every year is better than the previous. Five Euros buys you a glass and free wine tastings at large and small wineries all over the Marche region. You also get a neck satchel for “hands-free” taste testing of local salami, pecorino and other goodies.
This year we visited 7 wineries, some very small producers and others known all over the world. Here are the wines we tasted at each stop along the way:
Mezzanotte: This is a tiny winery, and though their wines aren’t well-known we did enjoy tasting the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
Conti di Buscareto: Rosè Brut. We love everything about this “vino spumante”, from the color to the rounded shape of the bottle
Cantine Santa Barbara: Every wine Stefano Antonucci makes is delicious. Try them all!
Casal Farneto: Cimaio is a Marche Bianco, a very special and structured wine to be savored with cheeses or at the end of a nice meal.
Colonnara: We had the opportunity to first taste the Ghislieri “bollicine”, then tour the cantina down below and see the remuage process first-hand. We even got a taste of the Ghislieri pas dosé, without the addition of the final liqueur d’expedition.
Umani Ronchi: We really enjoyed their San Lorenzo red. Delicious.
Bonci: Exhausted and hazy but still smiling, we decided to try the Passito as a fitting end. Ahh, lovely.
See you all next year!
This event took place on the 24th and 25th of May, but we needed photos to send out a note about it! According to their website however, it appears as if Cantine Aperte takes place numerous times throughout the year. The next one, for example, seems scheduled for August 5th to the 10th, but does not yet specify what regions. We will keep our feelers out and let you know for sure.