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Buy Velenosi Wine

Velenosi is an Italian estate based in the DOC wine province of Piceno in Marche. The estate specializes in the local wines of this region, specifically Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Rosso Piceno.

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Welcome to Velnosi Vini in Ascoli Piceno. It's from the research for the perfect balance between taste and color that Velenosi was created in 1984. Our passion is dictated by waiting for the moment when the harvest begins, to see the birth of wine and discover it enriched with perfumes. The entrepreneurs Ercole and Angela Velenosi have combined the artisan tradition with advanced technologies, reinterpreting the winemaking processes with creativity and thus giving life to a company that has continued to expand and that today brings the scents and colors of the Piceno territory to the whole world through wines with an inimitable character.With this wine tour experience you'll have a tasting of 5 wines of the company of which a top of the range and tasting of the specialties of the area: our olives all'ascolana and olive oil of our production.

In addition to Rosso Piceno Superiore, which is widely cited as one of the top wines in the Marche, Velenosi, under the skilled hand of Attilio Pagli, also produces an impressive Pecorino and the acclaimed Bordeaux-style IGT Marche called Ludi.

Straw yellow with beautiful golden reflections, this Pecorino already reveals a strong and distinct character in the glass. Fine and elegant, the nose releases hints of ripe yellow-fleshed fruit, with apricot and medlar in evidence, followed by herbaceous notes of sage and thyme, and floral notes of broom. The perfectly soft grapes give the sip a perfect balance between softness and hardness, with caressing sensations adequately balanced by persuasive mineral memories. The closing, enveloping but at the same time inviting, reveals the character of an engaging and at the same time long-lived wine.

Angela and Ercole Velenosi started the company in 1984 with no capital, land, or knowledge of the wine industry. They applied for both bank credit and European funds that helped young entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. The biggest assistance was given by the European Union, which financed and still finances many agricultural development projects, and a part of these funds are given as non-repayable. Thanks to this assistance they were able to buy the equipment and machinery needed to produce their first vintage.

From one house, about 23 acres of vines, two wines, and little technology, the company has grown to include two family-owned wineries, more than 350 acres of vineyards in Le Marche, and more than 208,000 cases of wine produced annually today. In 2017, Velenosi acquired about 40 acres in the Controguerra region of neighboring Abruzzo.

I was lucky enough to taste four Velenosi wines during the 2020 Wine Media Conference virtual summit. Please note that while the wines for this post were provided, opinions are my own.

My tasting notes: Deep ruby red in color with a purplish rim. Intense flowery aromas (lavender, violets, roses) and ripe cherry hit the nose. The palate reminds me of a baked cherry tart, but with minerality. Medium acidity. Medium+ finish. Soft tannins. Best to serve this wine chilled. Alcohol: 12.5%. price: $18.99.

This wine is named after the hill where the first Veloni winery was built. Vineyards are located on clay and limestone soils. The two varieties are fermented separately for about 20 days and aged in used (neutral) barriques for 10 to 12 months.

My tasting notes: Deep ruby red in color. Raspberry and black cherry aromas with a hint of fennel on the nose. On the palate, I get black cherry and sour cherry with a sprinkle of black pepper on a medium finish. Medium+ acidity. Drink this easy-going wine now. Alcohol: 13.5%. price: $18.99.

100% Pecorino. This is an underrated and rarely seen white wine from Central Italy. Clean, crisp, aromatic, with notes of green fruit, honey, citrus, and a little earthiness. It is medium bodied, slightly dry, and mildly acidic. Pair it with cured meats and cheeses, white fish, grilled cheese, or your favorite vegetarian dish.

Our passion is dictated by the expectation of the moment when the harvest begins, to see the birth of wine and discover it enrich with perfumes. It is from the search for the perfect balance between taste and color that, in 1984, the Cantina Velenosi was born. Entrepreneurs Ercole and Angela Velenosi have combined traditional craftsmanship with advanced technologies, reinterpreting the winemaking processes with creativity and thus giving life to a company that has continued to expand, with the arrival of Paolo Garbini in 2005, and which today brings in the whole world the scents and colors of the Piceno territory through wines of inimitable character.

Angela Velenosi may not be a superhero but after meeting her, I have no doubt that she is certainly a super woman. An ambitious and determined visionary, Angela co-founded Velenosi winery in 1984 with virtually no experience or capital. Today, Velenosi is the second-largest family owned winery in the Le Marche region on Italy's Adriatic Coast. The heart of the company is in the province of Ascoli Piceno and Velenosi annually produces 2.5 million bottles of more than 20 different wines. Velenosi has been acknowledged with some of the industry's most prestigious accolades, including being recognized twice by Wine Spectator as one of Italy's top wineries. Velenosi consulting winemaker Attilio Pagli was honored as one of the 30 best winemakers in the world by Decanter Magazine. Angela's business savvy and commitment to showcasing the beauty of Le Marche's indigenous grapes led to her being elected as the President of the area's wine consortium - Consorzio di Tutela Vini Piceni.One of the joys in tasting the Velenosi portfolio is that it showcases lesser-known grape varieties like Passerina, Pecorino, and Lacrima that beautifully express the terroir of the Le Marche region. Velenosi's hilltop vineyards are 200-300 meters above sea level and the clay & limestone soil are ideal for quality winemaking. If you're looking to try some unique and delicious Italian wines that are also quite affordable, here are three from the Velenosi portfolio that I highly recommend.

Velenosi Passerina Brut ($15) is a very pretty sparkling wine. It has fine bubbles and lovely aromas & flavors of citrus and acacia flowers with a hint of brioche. Dry and delicate, this sip is a perfect apéritif. Pecorino wine may not be as well known as the Italian cheese of the same name but it should be. Velenosi Pecorino Villa Angela DOC ($10) is a vibrant sip made from 100% Pecorino grapes and has layers of flavor - citrus with a dash of herbal and exotic fruits. If you're wondering about the name, many believe that since pecora means sheep in Italian, it could refer to the seasonal transfers of shepherds and their flocks in those regions where the Pecorino grape grows. Bold but not overpowering, Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Querciantica DOC ($15) really wowed me. Made from 100% Lacrima grapes, it is a full-bodied and velvety red with balanced flavors of dark berries, cassis, violet, and a hint of spice. Lacrima means tear in Italian and the skin of this grape is so delicate that when it ripens, the skin pops and a drop of juice falls from the grape that is reminiscent of a teardrop. A perfectly poetic match with spicy food, steak, and even pizza. 041b061a72


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