At Vinitaly, one is always on the move, searching for new wines to try. However, the best times were those sitting down with the producers to try the wines with them. Luckily, I did just that at the Collevite stand. This is a producer from the Marche region that makes good quality wines at an affordable price. Medium-sized, they export in various markets and now their main focus is Sweden, a monopole, where they were able to get into recently. Producing also olive oil and beer, this producer stands for the great value and their ability to match with local food. At the stand, I quite enjoyed the typical"Ciauscolo", a dry cured and cold-smoked salume. This product is a IGP (indicazione geografica protetta, a guarantee of origins of food in Italy) that goes really well with the Rosso Piceno DOP.
At the fair, they introduced me to RipaWine, their new brand with a totally new and innovative bottle design, which gives consumers a sense of terroir by outlining the topographic area of the vineyard. They want to make top eco-friendly wines, certified organic, with low sulphites and terroir-driven. They will enter both the Italian and the export market, at a medium-high price range. In Italy, the suggested retail price will be of around 24 euros. Below are the wines that I have tried along with Collevite CEO Adriano Lorenzi, and fellow wine blogger Chiara Bassi.
-KRETA 2016: Offida DOCG Passerina Bio.
Fresh and Mineral. Great aperitif wine.
-GEKO 2016: Offica DOCG Pecorino Bio.
Very intense nose, with notes of sage and stone fruits.
Concentrated, rich and with black fruits and jammy notes.
- KLAUSURA 2012: Offida DOCG Rosso Bio.
Montepulciano 90%, 10% Petit Verdot.
Persistent, complex, with spices and ripe black and red fruits notes.
MY FAVOURITE: KLAUSURA 2012
Altough I was positevely impressed with all the wines, which represent an important step for Collevite towards the full expression of terroir and grape varietals, the Klausura 2012 standed out for its complexity. Aged in barriques, it has a wide array of aromas, ranging from blackberry, morellino cherry and violet, to tertiary notes as black pepper, coffe and toasted nuances . It has a very long length in the mouth and can be paired with dishes as pasta with meaty sauce, long aged cheeses and roasted meat. A very good wine that be drunk now or aged as well. It has be decanted to open up and fully show its complexity.
Although the Marche region might be not be as known internationally as the wine regions of Piedmont and Tuscany, it is now emerging as an area making high-quality wines for a good value. By investing in this medium-high price range, Collevite is showing the full potential of this region and is putting once again Marche in the world's wine map. Given the great quality/price, there are interesting opportunities ahead to enter new and unexplored foreign markets. Let's hope to see these Marche wines in the shelves alongside other well-established wines.