Moroder is in a gorgeous setting, in the middle of Conero National Park, just 0.5 km from the Adriatic Sea and the glorious “Mount Conero”. Marco and Alessandro Moroder are passionate viticulturists, and their incredible situation imposes a duty to use low impact, sustainable farming practices.
The property encompasses 36 hectares of vines, plus additional land devoted to organic gardens, olive groves, livestock, and a black truffle plantation(!) to supply their locally famous restaurant (“Aión”) on the property.
From this property Moroder harvests Montepulciano (first in the zone to fashion wine from monovarietal Montepulciano) plus a smidgeon of Moscato for Bian Conero, Cab and Merlot for “Ankón” (inspired by family friend and internationally renowned enologist Franco Barnabei), Sangiovese and Alicante.
Certified organic. The vineyards lie in a perfect, Southeast/South/Southwest facing amphitheater. The DOC Rosso Conero encompasses a mere 350 Ha in total and lies entirely within the Monte Conero National Park. And the wines - though predominantly red - pair perfectly, perfectly with the abundant local seafood. Red wine and fish. Give it a try.
By the way, this is where we met Duca, our Truffle Dog Inspiration. A few years ago, while visiting, we were invited to go truffling in Moroder's private truffle forest. A man pulled up, opened the trunk of his car, and out popped "Duca," a gorgeous young truffle dog-in-training. (That's Duca - smiling - in the photo.)
We were spellbound as we watched the trainer work with the dog - and our mouths watered with the thought of the gastronomic treasures he would help us find. We finished that afternoon having found at least a dozen large and medium black truffles, and we ate like truffle kings at Moroder's restaurant "Aiòn".