The characteristic geographical configuration of Offida Territory and the neighbouring communes castled on the crest of the broad strip of hills which divide the Tronto river from the Tesino river, has determined the production of excellent wines whose quality is improving thanks to analysis and expedients that did not exist in the past. A new DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) wine, named Offida, has recently been approved; it’s got to be added to the former and well- known three DOC wines.
DOCG AND DOC WINESThe Piceno wine reality is based on one DOCG – “Offida” characterized by three typologies, Pecorino, Passerina and Offida Rosso, and three DOCs, Rosso Piceno, Falerio and Terre di Offida (Passerina, Passito, Vin Santo and Spumante)... (follows below)
MARCHE’S REGIONAL WINE SHOP AND TASTING ROOMOffida wine history came to a fundamental turning point on 30th May 1999 with the opening of the Enoteca Regionale of the Marches (Regional Wine Shop and Tasting Room), currently the only one recognized by the Region, located inside the ex convent of St. Francis... (follows below)
DOC and DOCG WINES with 'pecorino' grapes
Offida pecorino DOCG since 2011: Pecorino grapes 85%, return 90 ql/ha
Falerio Pecorino DOC since 2011: Pecorino grapes 85%, return 110 ql/ha
Falerio dei colli Ascolani DOC since 1975: Pecorino grapes 10-30%.
This wine has a straw-yellow colour with greenish reflections, becoming golden with aging. It has an intense, elegant smell of flowers, mature fruit and aromatic herbs. Its flavour is very balanced, marked by fruity and mineral notes
DOC and DOCG WINES with 'passerina' grapes
Offida passerina DOCG since 2011: Passerina grapes 85%, return 90 ql/ha. Only still.
Terre di Offida DOC since 2011: Passerina grapes 85%, return 120 ql/ha. Types: Spumante (sparkling), Passito (made from raisins), Vino Santo (sirupy wine).
Falerio dei colli Ascolani DOC since 1975: Passerina grapes 10-30%.
Dry and still, this wine has a bright straw-yellow colour. Its smell is characterized by sweet, pleasant notes of fruit and fresh flowers. Its peculiar taste, nicely acidulous, is fresh and persistent. It is perfect in pairing with fish and vegetables.
This grape can also be used to make sparkling wines with a thin, persistent froth, as well as “Passito” and syrupy wines, distinguished by an intense straw-amber colour and an ethereal flavour, recalling mature fruit and jam. You can pair it with pastries, especially with funghetti, typical pastries produced in Offida.
DOC and DOCG WINES with 'Montepulciano' grapes
Offida rosso DOCG since 2011: Montepulciano grapes 85%, return 85 ql/ha.
Rosso Piceno DOC: Montepulciano 35 -70%
This wine has a ruby-red colour turning to garnet. Its flavour is pleasant, complex and ethereal. Its taste is savoury and round. It is a strong wine to be tasted with timbale and lasagne, meat sauces and roasted or grilled red meats.
Rosso Piceno DOC
Montepulciano grapes 35 -70%, Sangiovese grapes 30-50%, return 130 ql/ha.
Per il 'superiore' affinamento minimo di 12 mesi.
This wine has a ruby-red colour, turning darker with aging. It smells like cherry and fresh fruit, spices and jam and its flavour is complex, strong and round. It matches perfectly with very tasty cheese and pasta with meat sauce, as well as with typical salted dishes, such as timbale and roasted or grilled red meats.
Falerio dei Colli Ascolani
Trebbiano toscano grapes 20-50%, Pecorino grapes 10-30%, Passerina grapes 10-30%, return 130 ql/ha.
It has a straw-yellow colour, rather amber-like, a slightly scented flavour and a dry, savoury and slightly acidulous taste. It is an excellent aperitif if served cold. Good wih seafood, crustaceans and vegetable dishes. Fine with white meat, fresh cheese and light salami.
With the creation of a Regional Wine Shop and Tasting Room it is possible to organize many events, resulting in a new commercial expansion and a new tourist image for Offida. Through the cooperation of different associations, many tasting laboratories are organized where experts of this sector guide the participants during tastings sections consisting of matching wines with other products such as cheese, cold meats, sweets, bread. Besides, courses for aspiring sommeliers are organized in collaboration with the Italian Sommeliers Association, during which the participants learn how to make and to taste wine and how to match wine with food.
It also hosts meetings and cultural events.
With the restoration works occurred between 2002 and 2004, the structure has undergone many changes: on the same floor where the cloister and the Wine Shop are, now there is also a big terrace overlooking the ancient city walls where buffets, aperitifs and tastings are organized on special occasions.
The most important changes were made in 2003 when, almost unexpectedly and accidentally, some remains of archings were found underneath the old basement of St. Francesco’s monastery. They were support structures of sandstone-dug caves which, after long digging activities, cleaning and drainage, thanks to their excellent state of repair, were brought back to their former glory.
This evocative place hosts the best regional wine labels which can be enjoyed together with other local products.