Produced in numerous communes of the provinces of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno, Rosso Piceno’s vineyards are situated primarily in the upper hills with altitudes ranging up to 700 meters above sea level.
As in the case of Rosso Conero, Passerina is used in the Rosso Piceno grape mixture that also includes Sangiovese, Montepulciano and, at times, Trebbiano. Still cultivated in the hills of the Marches, the vine’s grapes are endowed with a strong personality in terms of flavor so that it is considered an indispensable ingredient of such regional wines as the Falerio and Rosso Piceno.
Special mention must be made of the Rosso Piceno Superiore, a veritable cru produced in a highly limited area in the province of Ascoli Piceno that is particularly noted for its fine grapes. The wine must be aged for one year in wooden barrels before it can be released for sale as a Superiore.