Let's see how many Greek scholars there are among our readers who know how to translate “σφόδρα δ'εὔοινός”.
For those who have not understood it, it is ancient Greek and has to do with our region. Or rather with a very popular area of our region.
But let's start from the beginning: as many of you know, the origins of some seaside towns in our region have a close connection with ancient Greece. One of these is our regional capital: Ancona. Let's take a review: Ancona, derives from Ankòn which in Greek meant elbow (due to the obvious geographical feature). It became a city in 387 BC when some Syracusan Greeks, escaped from the tyranny of Dionisio, founded the colony on the hill Guasco. The Syracusans, who founded the city, as you well know, came from one Doric lineage and it is no coincidence that today it is still called "Doric city". A city that unlike others that, despite the fact that the piceni, remained with a great attachment to Greek culture and to its origins even when the Romanization of Italy became more and more dangerous.
Then "σφόδρα δ'εὔοινός”(Sfódra d'eyoinόs) has to do with the story of Ancona and it means “producer of good and abundant wine”. Yep, even the Greeks agreed on the culinary qualities of our territories. In particular it refers to it Strabo or an ancient geographer and historian born in Amasea, today's Amasya in Turkey. In fact, in one of his most important works, "Geography"In fact, he tells us through a very painstaking use of sources (the work was composed between 14 and 23 AD) also of our region.
But what was he talking about Strabo through its sources? Of course of our very precious Conero red wine, which has its roots in those years. The wine that today is on all Italian tables and that is produced in seven municipalities, four of which belong to the Riviera del Conero: Ancona, Camerano, sirolo e Numana and three of the vicinity namely Castelfidardo, offagna ed Osimo. Its peculiarity is that being a DOC wine it can only be produced in the area of Monte Conero. To produce it, Montepulciano vines are used, pure or with a maximum addition of 15% Sangiovese.