A good portion of the Marche hills, at the finest grape-growing altitudes and exposures, falls into the Rosso Piceno appellation, covering over one third of the region. Tenuta Cocci Grifoni was founded in 1970, is located in its southeastern most nook and comprises the appellation’s finest vineyards, between the medieval town of Offida and Ripatransone. Since May 2001, Offida is also the name of a distinct DOC in this area.
Tenuta Cocci Grifoni founder, Guido Cocci Grifoni, was an inspirational force behind the creation of the new Denominazione. In fact, it is highly doubtful whether there has ever been any turning point in Piceno history for the past 40 years, which Guido did not have a part in. One such turning point was the recovery and rediscovery of Pecorino, an ancient native white variety, documented as far back as 1871 that had almost completely disappeared until Guido began the painstaking research that would save it from extinction. Guido Cocci Grifoni eventually located it in an old farm at Arquata del Tronto in September 1982. In February 1983, he obtained the first grafts and planted the ”mother vineyard.” In 1991, a 100% Pecorino was released. The winery’s in-depth clonal research not only preserved this authentic marchigiano heritage, it was instrumental in its achieving DOC status as Offida. As of the 2011 vintage, the wine’s status was changed again-this time to DOCG. Only Pecorino produced within the Offida region can be bottled under this status.
That is not all: even the first ever Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC was released by Tenuta Cocci Grifoni: the appellation was issued in 1969 coinciding with their first vintage.
For the past several years, Guido’s daughters with wife Diana have been very much involved in the estate’s work, philosophy and goals: the winemaker is Paola Cocci Grifoni, whose Master’s dissertation in enology concerned marchigiano native varieties, while her sister, the ebullient, tireless Marilena, has long been the soul and spokesperson of the estate, after an MBA and initial career as certified business consultant. In recent years the Cocci Grifoni’s invested 700,000 Euros into structural renovations in the winery and cellars. These comprise new barrique and tonneaux cellars, new equipment with computerized temperature control, more space, more stainless steel, a state-of-the-art quartz floor and more.
Tenuta Cocci Grifoni has recently renovated two apartments in the family house adjacent to the winery, where tourists and wine lovers can find comfortable accommodations as they visit the region. Also available on the TCG premises are guided tastings and didactic tours devoted to the winery, the region and its culture.