The “Offida” Docg
The Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin [Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita – Docg] “Offida” is thus called following the town with the same name in the province of Ascoli Piceno, in the south of the Marche region (the correct pronunciation is with the accent on the “i”).
The regulations were approved as Doc in 2001 and as Docg in 2011; the last version was amended by the Ministerial Decree dated 07.03.2014.
There are three types: “Offida Rosso”, “Offida Pecorino” and “Offida Passerina”. The ampelographic base of the “Offida Rosso” type entails Montepulciano (minimum 85%) and a remaining percentage, which can be any of the other non-aromatic red grapes suitable for cultivation in the Marche region.
The Docg “Offida Rosso” can only be sold after its total obligatory ageing period of 24 months, of which 12 months in wood, plus a period of 3 months of obligatory refining in the bottle, starting no earlier than the 1st of November of the year of harvesting.
The “Offida Rosso” wines are ruby red, almost garnet; they have bold notes of red fruit and hues of licorice and chocolate; to the palate they are soft, ample with a lasting aftertaste.
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The production zone
The production zone of the “Red” type of “Offida” Docg comprises the whole land of the municipalities of Ripatransone, Offida, Acquaviva Picena, Castorano, Castel di Lama, Cossignano, Appignano del Tronto and a part of the communal lands of Ascoli Piceno, Colli del Tronto, Spinetoli, Monsampolo del Tronto, Grottammare, Massignano, Carassai, Montefiore dell'Aso, Montalto Marche, Castignano, Monteprandone and San Benedetto del Tronto.