Where and what is San Marino?
It wasabout time that I finally publish this article. There have been too many things going on in the last weeks so I was not able to finish it faster. The Republic of San Marino is an independent country, which is completely surrounded by Italy. The city-state borders Emilia-Romagna and the Marche. Both are regions of Italy. San Marino is the oldest, still existing constitutional republic in the world. Italian is the official language of San Marino.
Last summer, I decided to visit San Marino when I was staying in Rimini since it’s only a 30 minute drive to San Marino from there. I did not get disappointed. Driving from Rimini into the back-country of the Emilia-Romagna I drove by some epic landscape and soon we reached Monte Titano – The mountain San Marino is built around. Going there I had no intention to buy or drink wine since I never heard of Sammarinese wine but that changed quickly once I saw all the vineyards.
- The grapes grown in San Marino are similar to the ones found in the Emilia-Romagna. Mostly Sangiovese.
- Wine from San Marino does not get exported – not even to Italy – at least not in large quantities that’s because San Marino does not produce that much wine since it’s so tiny. If you want Wine from San Marino visit it and buy it or find an online merchant that somehow manages to sell it.
- If you go to the yearly Vinitaly wine fair then you can try Sammarinese wine there, too. The 47th edition of the Vinitaly is from April 7-10th 2013. Mark it in your calender. Vinitaly rocks.
- Wine from San Marino is distributed by the “Consorzio Vini tipici di San Marino“
The wines of San Marino
Most Sammarinese wine is white wine but most good wine is red wine.. The Consorzio Vini tipici di San Marino offers the following wines:
- Brugnetto is the name of the typical Sammarinese red wine. Produced from at least 85% Sangiovese. Ages one year in steel tanks. Has an aging potential of 6 years once being sold on the market. I’ve a bottle of Brugnetto 2006 left. Looking forward to try it someday
- Tessano is a red Riserva wine which is made from at least 50% Sangiovese. The wine ages one year in barrique and ten months in the bottle. Aging potential of 8-10+ years. I tried that wine a while ago. Will probably review it sooner than later.
- Sangiovese is the basic red from San Marino. It’s costs little money and is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Tried it at an Enoteca in San Marino and didn’t like it.
- Rosso dei Castelli Sammarinesi is a red table wine. Not recommended.
- Roncale is a Sammarinese white wine produced with at least 50% Ribolla Sammarinese – a local grape mostly found in San Marino. The grape is similar to the Ribolla found in Friuli Venezia-Giulia. Can be stored for up to 3 years.
- Moscato Spumante is the Spumante from San Marino which is manufactured from 85% Moscato grapes.
- Oro dei Goti is the name of a sweet wine from San Marino which is made completely with Moscato bianco grapes. I tried this one at a Restaurant in San Marino and it was quite good. Fruity, a bit of honey is what I mostly remember. The wine can be stored for 10+ years.
A complete list of wines from San Marino can be found at the website of the Consorzio. If you go to an Enoteca in San Marino then you can probably try most wines. I tried a few while in one. I’m curious if you’ve ever tried Sammarinese wine and what your experience with it was.
If you want to have a perfect and affordable dinner in San Marino then I recommend Cantina di Bacco. Typical Italian cuisine with Sammarinese influence. In a romantic old house they serve delicious, local food and excellent Sammarinese wine. I stumbled upton this Restaurant while walking through the centro storico (old city center). While the restaurant is not that impressive from the outside, it’s romantic and beautiful inside. They offer great menus. Everything I ate there tasted great. Wine-wise I had Sangiovese with the first two courses and a Passito (sweet wine) with the dessert.
There are several great Gelato (Italian ice-cream) vendors in the centro storico.
San Marino is surrounded by a stunning landscape. From the centro storico you can enjoy a fascinating view over the Emilia-Romagna. Rimini and the Adriatic Sea can be seen fairly easy. Especially during sunset its an amazing view.
Visit the Castel and walk around the centro storico. Everything important in San Marino can be visited in just a whole day but maybe 2 days are better.
Below is a Gallery to give you an impression of hos beautiful San Marino is.
Next time when you visit Italy, you should plan to stop in San Marino. It’s worth the trip. I enjoyed San Marino a lot and I’m looking forward to go back. I hope you enjoyed my San Marino review. Share your thoughts about San Marino in the comment section below.
Want to read more about San Marino? Check out this Sammarinese wine review! Very much recommended.
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