Castelli del Verdicchio di Jesi
The medieval Jesi County ruled several walled villages, or hamlets, that were situated mainly along the Esino river bank. Nowadays these villages are called “Castelli di Jesi”, where “castelli” stands for castle. This term may be confusing, because none of the villages were castles with an aristocratic family ruling over them, rather villages with high walls, whose centre may be still the original one.
The name “Castelli di Jesi” is important thanks to the Verdicchio wine that is produced in this area. In fact, its designation of origin is named after these 14 villages around Jesi.
These “castelli” have the Esino river in common, and the hilly landscape around them; yet, they are all different and unique. The cooperation among them has made this area famous not only for its wine, but also for a kind of tourism focusing on experiences, with events, sports and rural accommodation. The perfect season for tourists to come is autumn, when a walk among the vines usually ends in one of the several wine cellars in the area, tasting a glass of Verdicchio D.O.C.
Cupramontana is one of the “Castelli di Jesi”, and the others are: Belvedere Ostrense, Castelbellino, Castelplanio, Maiolati Spontini, Monsano, Montecarotto, Monte Roberto, Morro d'Alba, Poggio San Marcello, Rosora, San Marcello, San Paolo di Jesi and Santa Maria Nuova.