Azienda Agricola Fontursia is an organic vineyard and winery located in the foothills of Ripatransone approximately ten kilometers from the Adriatic Sea in the province of Ascoli Piceno in southern Le Marche. The name “La Fontursia” is derived from the ancient language of the Tusci people who had a settlement in this area. In this language it meant “Spring of the Tusci.”
Today, La Fontursia (http://www.lafontursia.com) is owned by the Veccia family who have been making wine on the property for over 100 years. The third generation of the Veccia family, Gianmarco, along with his parents and family, produces 150,000 bottles/year of both white and red wine on approximately 50 hectares of hillside. La Fontursia grows all the grapes it uses in its wines.
On a warm spring afternoon we visited the Veccia family for a tour and tasting of their wines. We learned of La Fontursia through our friend and guide for the day, Emidio Di Ruscio, the owner of the superb B&B Vento di Rose near Monterubbiano.
After a brief tour we settled down to the real business at hand, sampling the wines. With Gianmarco as our host we tried our first white wine. This was a 2010 DOC Crivellino Pecorino Offida, a 100% Pecorino, 13.5% alcohol wine. Vinification includes decantation of the must and transfer of part of the wine to small French oak barrels with the remainder moved to stainless steel tanks where it remains until bottling. The 2010 Pecorino was pale yellow in color, had a fruity nose and finished very smooth and surprisingly long. I rated this wine as an 87.
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