Mountains, hills, vineyards, fields and a fortified village – that is one way to describe Loretello. But the village and its castle are also one of the best-preserved examples of defensive building from the early Middle Ages. And the landscape of the Marche is well typified by this kind of rural historical buildings, especially in its inland area. Loretello's origins are mysterious – some people state that Romans used to dwell here in ancient times, while others point to a more recent foundation. Anyway, these rumours are a clear demonstration of the strong bond existing between people, their countryside and its traditions.
Loretello stands guard over the valley of the Fenella torrent. Here, looking from one side, observers can admire the gorgeous panorama of the mountains Catria and Nerone, with their abrupt slopes. From the other side, visitors are treated to a breathtaking view of our gently rolling hills, extending as far as the sea on the clearest days. These lands are still cultivated with the same care and respect of the good old days.
Ours is a fragmented, share-farmed agricultural area, graced by century-old oaks and surrounded by woodland belts, and by fields changing colours with the change of seasons. Winter, spring, summer and autumn – every single season brings a rather stunning view to be admired, by tourists or simply curious observers alike. And all of this is made possible thanks to the different hues offered by our lands, from the golden yellow of sunflowers to the gentle purple of lucerne fields.
Our vineyards grow in this many-coloured setting. The main grape variety grown here is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Other local varieties are red wine grapes such as Sangiovese and Montepulciano, which are mixed together to create Rosso Piceno.