In the quiet seaside hamlet of Montacuto, in the municipality of Ancona (the beautiful Marche wine region), lie the carefully tended vineyards of the Moroder Winery Estate. Owned by the Moroder family since the 18th century, and a modern winery since the early 1980s, the estate covers a narrow strip of hilly land overlooking the sea in the heart of the spectacular Mount Conero Nature Reserve, a gorgeous natural park established to preserve the unique Mediterranean flora and fauna in this area.
A working farm until Serenella and Alessandro Moroder decided to introduce new cultivation and winemaking methods just 30 years ago, the Moroder estate now ranks as one Marche’s most highly regarded wineries. In 1984 Alessandro completely overhauled his vineyards and cellar, drastically decreasing the number of grapes produced per hectare, introducing new production methods, modernizing the barrel storage cellar and adding the technical support of winemaker Franco Bernabei, who still oversees the creation of Moroder’s five wines. The results have been impressive; within a few years, the deep, full-bodied wines were sold throughout Italy and beyond.
Moroder’s vineyards sit at 250m above sea level, atop the tall seaside cliffs that protect them from the strong winds coming off the water below. The soil here, in contrast to the sandy soils found elsewhere on the Adriatic coast, is rich calcareous clay and is well suited to the red varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano that are cultivated here. Since the vineyards are all located within the nature reserve, no pesticides or chemicals are used, and in 2008 the estate will be declared fully organic.
Moroder’s flagship wine, Dorico, is a Montepulciano made from a unique local clone that differs in subtle but noticeable ways from the Montepulcianos of Umbria or elsewhere in Italy. Even more exclusive is the Rosso Conero, a complex Montepulciano made only in great vintage years.
100% Montepulciano; Alcohol 13.42% vol.
60 % Alicante Nero and 40% Montepulciano; Alcohol 12.5% vol.
100% Montepulciano; aged 24 months in oak; Alcohol 13.65% vol.
60% Moscato, 20% Malvasia and 20% Trebbiano Dorato; Aged 18 months in small oak casks; Alcohol 14% vol.
Montepulciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; aged 30 months in oak; Alcohol 13.8% vol.
Fraz. Montacuto 112
Tel +39 071-898232
Fax +39 071-2800367
- Rosso Cònero DOC
- Area under vine
- 32 hectares
- Age of vines
- Oldest vines are over 20 years old.
- Oak barrel origin
- French and Slovenian Oak
- Franco Bernabei
- Moroder family
- Grape varietals
- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, Alicante Nero, Moscato, Malvasia, Trebbiano Dorato