Cantine Aperte

June 4, 2014 / Food & Wine
Le Marche

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.



Enrica Frulla

by Enrica Frulla

Enrica was born in Italy, raised in the United States and is now living in Senigallia, on the coast of the beautiful Le Marche region. A marketing consultant in a past life, Enrica is now a freelance translator. Recently, her creativity and passion for telling people what to do has also  “translated” into an event planning business.

3 Responses to “Cantine Aperte”

  1. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Thank you, Thank you and Thank you! a great note with good information .Please inform the dates of 2015 event ,for good wine and good times I make extraordinary effort to be there….Giuseppe

  2. Malinda

    I loved you posting! Wow! Looks like fun! I really really want to go to one of these. I will be in Italia in Settembre. Spero che ci (sia?)Cantine Aperte. I loved The photos so much. Thank you for almost making us part of this fun event (I’m thirsty now)!

  3. Malinda

    I copied and pasted this from the website:
    MTV organizes several events throughout the year. On the last Sunday of May, “Cantine Aperte” opens the cellars to millions of enthusiasts and wine lovers to discover the wine world and culture directly on-site.

    Wine tasting under the stars and open air shows take place in August with “Calici di Stelle” on the night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, in hundreds of towns and wineries in Italy. In September, there is “Cantine Aperte in Vendemmia”, a unique opportunity to rediscover and experience the countryside with its amazing festive mood linked to the grape harvest. The event in November is “Cantine Aperte a San Martino” to toast the agricultural New Year. Finally, in December to celebrate the arrival of Christmas, there is “Cantine Aperte a Natale” when visitors can do their Christmas shopping by not only choosing wines to taste but also to give.


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