Colonnara is in the heart of the Marches, a land of pure harmony. Its vinicultural tradition revolves around Cupramontana, the land that invented wine.
The only region in Italy with a plural name, the Marches slope down gently from the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea along harmonious valleys that are nearly all parallel.
On the hills that rise above these valleys and mark the gentle sloping down to the plain, you can see traditional, ancient castles and town walls. All the communities jealously guard their own histories and their own past. They all have a personage of their own to remember, very often someone at the pinnacles of art or a leading player in historical events. Rossini and Pergolesi, Spontini and Leopardi, Bartolini and Cecco d'Ascoli, Raffaello Sanzio and Bramante, Frederick II of Swabia, Pope Sixtus V and Pope Pius IX are just a few of the members of this “illustrious family”: all children of a unique and many-faceted land, that is humble, strong, genuine and generous. The reticence or “shyness” of people from the Marches is not synonymous with fear, but merely the awareness of an ability to work responsibly to confirm the quality of their work.
Cupramontana may not have invented grapes, but it did “invent” the actual growing of “Verdicchio”: from all the varieties of grapes found in this region over the centuries, Cupramontana managed to create the very best combination of grapes and lands based on their respective characteristics.
The wine-making tradition of Cupramontana has lasted for thousands of years. This fact is confirmed by the image of a cornucopia full of grapes held up by a winged putto, which is found on a fragment of a large marble decorative piece from Roman times that enriched the home of a noble patrician family in ancient Cupra Montana.
The vineyards on the hill of Rovejano, in the area around Cupramontana, already existed in the time of the Lombards and the Franks and represented an ideal and effective link between classical antiquity and the formidable, spiritual and agricultural renewal brought about by the widespread presence of Benedictine monks along our valleys and hilltops. They again “taught” the people how to farm and in particular how to grow vines. Then the monks gradually disappeared, but their “teachings” overtook more and more areas, and slowly but surely the vine-growing sector gained prominence making Cupramontana (at that time Massaccio until 1861) the land that “abounds in vines that produce copious and exquisite wines” (Francesco Menicucci, 1789).