Every time I go back to Italy I cannot resist the lot of delicacies I find here! The temptations are just way too many!
During my last stay in Spring, I decided to go to a fitness center to keep fit before Summer and, above all, not to give up the delights of my land! Right here I met Lidia, wife of Count Piervittorio Leopardi Dittajuti, who is also the owner of the vineyard company “Conte Leopardi”.
In Numana, the spouse are leading their family farm with great success. I told Lidia of my blog Discovermarche, where I’m often writing about the Conero’s Riviera and how deeply ‘in love’ I am with this beautiful location in Le Marche. So Lidia invited me to visit their winery and vineyards, to find out more about the many delights grown in this area. Besides one of the most evocative areas on Adriatic Sea, the Conero’s Riviera also benefits from a special geological and climatic features. And this region has promoted vine growing since ancient times, always guaranteeing a very high quality of grape.
The Conte Leopardi consider their vineyards as the winery’s engines: ensuring the whole chain of production they create their wines exclusively from their own grapes. The company has 45 hectares of vineyards located at the foot of Mount Conero, a step away from the Adriatic Sea.
In the vineyards there about 4500 plants per hectare and they use to make proper pruning, to reduce the production of grape and improve the quality. The soil, which is rich in marl and limestone, the perfect exposure to the South, and the Mediterranean and breezy climate help the winery to produce extraordinary and intense wines. All these features are perfect for the grapes and provide intense qualities, perfect to give a good structure to the wines.
The Rosso Conero DOC, is one of the main traditional wine made from grapes here and it’s available in three different labels. The most important, called the “Pigmento” and aged in barriques, is a dark ruby-garnet red, a velvety wild cherry aroma full flavor. This is the most important wine of the winery, and has a powerful, full-bodied and elegant aroma. Then there is a selection from the “Coppo Vineyards”, located in Sirolo, which is the most traditional, while the “Fructus” is a modern and fruit-driven red wine, very pleasant to drink. Another important red wine is the “Casirano” made fromboth indigenous and international grapes varieties, which make this wine subtle in taste and light in colour.
Besides the wines, the vineyard also make their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The harvest is handpicked and cold squeezed. These are the ingredients for high quality oil that keeps all the flavours and nutritional values. The Conte Leopardi olive oil is in fact full of polyphenols -very important antioxidants important for everyone’s health and well-being.
What struck me the most during my visit to the Conte Leopardi winery is a tangible link between the Leopardi spouse and their territory. The way Piervittorio and Lidia talk about their vineyard you can perceive their deep love and respect for their land.
That is why I am particularly pleased to write about the Conte Leopardi: a terrific company, where tradition joins modernity and Hi-Tec. Conte Leopardi’s cellar is covered in solar panels and uses only eco-friendly machineries, supporting the vineyard’s health and growth. In addition to being a food lover, I also appreciate good wine. After visiting the estate and their vineyards, I had a unique and unforgettable experience during the wine tasting of the winery Conte Leopardi. Thanks to Sara, one of the sommelier who takes care of the wine shop’s customers.If you also would like to find out more about the flavors of this land and the products of this company, you can book your tasting at the Conte Leopardi winery website: here.
The Conte Leopardi labels are available also in US. In fact, they are sold in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, California, Virginia, Texas, Colorado and Florida. Finally I will be able to invite my American friends for an aperitif time with an accent from Le Marche!
Big thanks to Lidia and Piervittoro for this unforgettable experience!
Please find out more about the Conte Leopardi by linking to their official website (English version available): here!