Agriculture & Fishing
The Marches were part of the territory that extended inland along the eastern bank of the Tiber river and up north all the way to the Po Valley. The area was occupied by the Umbri (from the Greek Ombrikoi) and the Picentes (Greeks who called part of the region Picenum) since early Paleolithic times.
Colonized and organized by the Romans in the 3rd century B.C., the area was invaded by the Goths after the fall of the Roman Empire. In the 6th century, the northern part of today’s Marches, including the cities of Ancona, Fano, Pesaro, and Senigallia, in addition to adjoining territories, came under Byzantine rule.
The southern section became part of the powerful Lombard duchy of Spoleto.

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In this little known region the amount of red and white wines produced are almost equal. The main regional white is the excellent Verdicchio, a dry, characteristically flavored exceptional white, made from at least 85% of the grape with the same name. Both the Verdicchio di Jesi and the Verdicchio di Matelica DOC wines perfectly complement local dishes such as the Lumache alle Nove Erbe, snails cooked with nine aromatic herbs, and the Brodetto di Pesce, a bouillabaisse-like rich seafood stew that, though found all over the Adriatic coast, reaches its best expression here. Other whites include the Bianchello del Metauro, made near the Metauro River estuary on the north coast of Pesaro, as well as the Bianco dei Colli Maceratesi, the “White from the Macerata Hills”, which is produced near Macerata, south of Ancona.
Among the reds, the Rosso Conero and the Rosso Piceno are particularly appreciated. The limestonerich soil of places like the Mount Conero, combined with the dry maritime climate, contributes to giving the Montepulciano grapes that make up these wines their characteristic flavor. 


The Conti di Buscareto vineyards consist of 70 hectares, 16 of which are settled in Morro D’Alba on the hill crest of S.Amico. These vineyards are grown with the rooted cuttings of Lacrima, an old vine famous for its excellent organoleptic qualities. 36 hectares located in Arcevia are devoted to the most famous wine in the Marche, that is Verdicchio.


This small family-run farming company was created by a family of farmers who were part of the “Santa Casa di Loreto” foundation, who decided to start a business in the 1960s.
Thanks to the work of Sante Giulio Strologo the first vines were planted on soil which was specially bought for vine growing on hillsides. Mr Strologo was then founding partner of the Association for the protection of Rosso Conero, in charge of quality control on its members’ products. Mr Strologo has recently handed down his company to his son Silvano who, having inherited a passion for making good wine, has decided to modernise it with the help of one of the best Italian oenologists Giancarlo Soverchia.
Like the surrounding Conero area, the soil goes from calcareous to very calcareous on a clayey base, which is appropriate for growing Montepulciano.