This is set in view of the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno with the Monti Sibillini mountains spread along the horizon behind. The winery is larger than the other two but still places a great deal of emphasis on quality. This is evidenced by the long corridor adored with awards as we walk down to the tasting room.

The founder of the winery, Angela Velonosi, is one of the pioneers of Pecorino and we were proudly shown an example of the first vintage when Pecorino was produced under the Velenosi name in 1983. Unfortunately we didn’t get to taste that bottle but we were treated to a taste of the current range, which was impressive.

Villa Angela, Pecorino, 2014

Pale in colour compared to the other pecorinos we’d tasted. Very tropical aromas with an great acidity, making the side of the mouth water with each sip. Wonderful easy drinking make this an ideal party wine!

Villa Angela, Offida ville Angelo 2014

Much more intense nose. Full bodied, rich, banana and honey. Still good acidity that makes the wine so drinkable. I enjoyed this on its own. Perhaps some slices of bread with fresh green olives would be nice but the wine needs to be centre stage!

Velenosi 'Reve' Pecorino Offida DOC 2011

Amber in colour. Strikingly golden. Rich flavours of caramel, white flowers, vanilla and yet with a good acidity that swept the palate clean after every mouthful. 

The acidity is the key that would make this an adventurous pairing for food. I’d love to have this served with lobster and chips. The richness of the lobster making a luxurious partner to the wine! 

Visit the winery online: http://www.velenosivini.com/ 

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