Italy 2013… Day 5… Marche…

Slept in until 8:00 today! Breakfast at 9:00…checked out at 10:00… only a 10 minute drive to San Savino Winery in Offida, Piceno. We were greeted by Paola and Simone Capacci…organic farmer, winery owner and wine maker. We had an abbreviated tour of the vineyard. All the vineyards we’ve visited this week have experienced heavy rains recently and the muddy conditions have limited our access.

We did have an extensive winery visit highlighted by the barrel sampling of the 2012 vintage San Savino Ciprea made from the Pecorino grapes indigenous to the Marche. These grapes have a 500 year history in this area and even after grape growing and wine making was nearly abandoned here, they found Pecorino grapes growing in the wild in the woods on Oak trees. All Pecorino grapes in Italy can trace there origin back to the Marche.

This wine, even though it was cloudy and unfinished, we could tell that this wine is going to great…then on to the tasting room for a lunch of breaded and fried, stuffed olives, fresh raw fennel wedges, locally made proscuitto and pecorino cheese, fresh bread and green olives. We tasted through 3 other white wines with lunch… 2012 Falerio, and Tufilla, 2011 Ciprea. For red wines, we had… 2012 Rosso Piceno, 2010 Picus and Fedus, 2011 Picus and 2008 Quinta Regio.

After desert and a very special family desert wine we said our goodbyes to the Capacci family and started our 4 hour drive north to Negrar and the Alle Calcarole Bed & Breakfast… checked in at 8:00 pm, dropped our bags and headed out to Taverna Kus on Lake Garda, an hour away to meet Felice and Gianni from Cantina Frentana for dinner. Had fabulous dinner, with incredible service, and a few bottles of wine, and the back to the B&B…unpacked and hit the hay at 2:00am…another complete and wonderful day in Italy…