A number of interesting tales are attached to Rosso Piceno wine. The best involves Hannibal on his way south from the Alps. The General apparently needed to refresh his troops and found an aged 'rosso piceno' was the perfect 'pick me up'.
Pliny the Elder also mentioned the widespread fame of the Picenum vine and reminds us that the wine pre-dated Roman times having been extensively cultivated by the Piceni tribe.
The slopes of the Monte Sibillini are where the grape grows best. Its longevity and popularity might also be attributed to Sibilla who was given the gifts of immortality and the ability to be in a number of places at the same time by the god Apollo.
Rosso Piceno Superiore is one of eleven DOC wines made in the Le Marche region. The rest are: Rosso Conero, Colli Maceratesi, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Falerio, Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Pesaresi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Verdicchio di Matelica, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Esino.
The road from Acquaviva to Offida follows the Strada del Vino and is the heart of Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC country. Wine fans should try the ex convent 'Vinea' for the Mostra Mercato Dei Vini Piceni' on the last Sunday of August.
As for food the 'merletti' or carnival sweets cannot be missed. The same applies to the 'chichi' which is focaccia filled with tuna, capers and peperoni.