Piceno Wines

About Piceno Wines

Piceno LLC is a wine import firm based in Wilmington, Delaware. Its founder and President is Jack Polidori.

Piceno LLC specializes in the wines and varietals found in Italy’s Ascoli Piceno Province, the southernmost of the five provinces that comprise the Marche Region. Located along the eastern, mid-central Adriatic coast of Italy, this zone benefits by its proximity both to the Appenine Mountains to the west and the cool sea breezes from the Adriatic Sea to the east. Ascoli Piceno also is endowed with highly mineralized clay soils, both north and south facing hills, and a long growing season, thus enabling the production of both high quality red and white grapes.

Piceno LLC got its start in 2011 when Polidori decided to help make available in the United States wines from his family’s home province. His paternal family originated in the portion of the province known as the Offida DOC region … specifically, the Commune of Ripatransone.

Piceno LLC aims to introduce to the American market longtime varietals grown in this province such as Rosso Piceno Superiore, Rosso Piceno, Passerina, Pecorino, and the various blends that utilize the area’s prominent varietals: reds such as Montepulciano, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon; and whites such as Pecorino, Passerina, and Trebbiano.

Piceno LLC also intends over time to find other lesser known, but interesting high quality grapes and wines from the Balkan countries on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.

The evolution of Piceno’s original mission to find and deliver lesser known varietals now includes the identification of ‘craft’ vineyards in other ‘less traveled’ areas of Italy and the Adriatic basin (which includes the Balkans). These efforts have taken us to wine areas renowned for their unique soil characteristics and family-owned vineyards that provide great quality and price values. We now represent four such vineyards --- each of them family-owned, small production enterprises.

  • The Tabarrini vineyard in the Montefalco area of Umbria below the eastern slopes of the Appenine Mountains known for its production of Sagrantino and Trebbiano Spoletino grapes.
  • The Elena Fucci vineyard in the volcanic soils of the Vultore appellation near Barile in the less-traveled southern region of Basilicata.
  • The Celli vineyard in the unique hilly micro climate of Romagna’s Bertinoro above the plain where the Po River enters the Adriatic Sea.
  • The Alberto Quaquarini vineyard in Serrapetrona just to the east of the Appenine Mountains, the geographically smallest Italian appellation, and adjacent to the minerally clay soils that produce the Matelica version of Verdicchio white wine.