HISTORY AND TRADITION: Ripatransone, the home of Cantina San Michele a Ripa, is a natural amphitheater overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The steep hills of this territory are embraced by the sea on one side and the great Sibillini mountains on the other. The ancient village of Ripatransone, 500 meters above sea level, is also known as Belvedere Piceno (meaning “Piceno Viewpoint”) because of the stunning view that can be enjoyed looking at the horizon, ranging from the Sibillini mountain chain and the Adriatic Sea. The uniqueness of this territory is the reason why the Alfonzi family, always fond of the culture of wine, decided to buy an old farmhouse in Ripatransone and built an underground cellar. In the area where this winery’s vineyards are cultivated, there were pre-existing 70-year-old vines.
MISSION: The company philosophy is to produce high-quality wines that respect the authenticity of the area and use traditional processes, combined with the most modern enotechnology. No synthetic chemicals nor GMOs are involved in the cultivation of the grapes of this winery, which follows organic farming methods in their production. Additionally, this family has been experimenting with biodynamic agriculture, which does not involve chemicals and minimizes the need for machinery in the field. This family business revolves around respect for the course of nature. In this way, this winery “lives” the earth and tries to establish a deeper connection with nature, characterized by a harmonious coexistence.
VINE: Pecorino 100%, a native white grape variety from the area between Marche and Abruzzo regions. Although its origin is still uncertain, written evidence of this vine traces back to as early as the second century BC. In the last two decades, it has been rediscovered and gained its own designation of origin.
VINEYARD: medium density rather sandy soil with gravel and stones. Elevation: 350 meters above sea level.
VINIFICATION: the grapes are harvested by hand and placed in boxes, the skins are softly pressed and the vinification occurs with reduced exposure to oxygen. Maturation: Four months on lees followed by three months in the bottle.
HARVEST: from the end of August to the beginning of September; usually the harvest takes place in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hot hours.
PRODUCTION SYSTEM: Organic and biodynamic
CHARACTERISTICS: Elegant and sumptuous, the bouquet is full of aromas of flowers and yellow pulpy fruits. The palate is full-bodied and has a long finish. There are good levels of acidity, warmth, and flavour with a fulfilling finish.
PAIRINGS: This wine matches well with complex dishes, roasted fish, and mature cheeses.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13% Vol.
SERVE AT: 10- 12° C
AWARDS: Included in the prestigious Slow Wine 2017 guide (Stories of vineyards and wines in Italy) in the “Great Wine” section and winner of the 2019 bronze medal of WOW (Italian Wine Competition), the Civiltà del bere wine competition reserved only for national wines to enhance the quality and typicality linked to the territory of origin and its wine tradition.