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.
Rubra Offida DOCG – Red wine, San Michele a Ripa 2015
VINE: 100% Montepulciano
VINEYARD: Ripatransone; medium density, rather sandy soil with gravel and stones. Elevation: 300 meters above sea level.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are harvested by hand and put in boxes. Afterward, they undergo a long maceration of 24 months in barrique and bottle as per the strict production regulations.
PRODUCTION SYSTEM: organic and biodynamic.
CHARACTERISTICS: The wine is characterized by an intense ruby red colour. The maturation in French oak barriques conveys clear aromas of mature red fruits and tertiary notes. It is smooth, warm, and powerful yet balanced on the palate, with a surprising fine aftertaste and a long finish.
PAIRINGS: This wine is ideal with cured meats and grilled or oven-baked oily fish.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13,5% Vol.
SERVE AT: 16-18°C