Scenes and stories from a small town in the hills of Italy's Le Marche region

Strologo's Famous Wine of Camerano
July 2006

CAMERANO, Italy --
Silvano Strologo’s love for wine goes beyond enjoying the taste, texture and effects and ventures into the realm of passion and life dedication.  He was born and raised on a vineyard, and is proud of the history and the future held within its precious soil.

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Strologo's four wine categories

1.Vino Da Tavola is the lowest class of wine, a wine made by the producer as he sees fit to make it.
2.Vino a Indicazione Geografica is a wine produced in a specific area.
3. Vino a Denominazione di Origine Controllata are produced in specific well-defined regions, according to specific rules designed to preserve the traditional wine-making practices of the individual regions.

4.Vino a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. Allowable yields are generally lower, and DOCG wines must pass an evaluation of a tasting committee before they can be bottled.

Silvano Strologo’s winery is open year-round.

Vigne e Cantina
Via Osimana, 89-60021 Camerano
+39 071-73.11.04


The winery was established in the 1960s by a small family of farmers who moved from the Loreto region.  The head of the family, Sante Giulio Strologo, chose the hilly location for the soil, sunshine and weather.  The careful cultivation of the Montepulciano vines yielded amazing Rosso Conero red wine, and a star was born. 

In the 1990s, the Strologo company passed on to the son of Sante Giulio, Silvano, who modernized the wine- producing processes in 1998 and entered the competitive market as the Silvano Strogolo Wine Company.  Through mass production, Strologo made it possible to bottle, ship and sell major quantities of wine while maintaining that small region feel.  

Strologo, one day in July, casts a careful eye over his rows of grape vines and tugs off any offending dead leaves within his reach as he talks about his true love—wine.  His  oenologist (wine specialist), Giancarlo Soverchia, chimes in drawing from his vast knowledge of grapes, vines and wine. 

“Each grape leaf is like a fingerprint,” Soverchia explains of the native Montepulciano grapes, in Italian, through an interpreter. “You can distinguish grapes by looking at their leaves.  You can see tiny hairs and cuts and every grape has a different smell.”

The grapes grown on the Strologo farm are not all of Italian origin.  In the 1870s, swarms of insects called Phylloxera invaded Europe and began destroying the grape vines.  The European wine producers looked to America and its vines because the American plants had built up a tolerance to the insects.  Roots were shipped over and planted, and prosperity was restored.  Today’s plants are a hybrid of American and Italian vines.  Their hybrid nature allows the plants to have resistance but to still flourish in the hot climate. 

Strologo follows the traditions handed down to him for the processing of his grapes and wine.  Situated on approximately 37 acres about 2,690 feet above sea level, the Strologo winery has about 5,000 plants per 2.4 acres.  The soil is calcified on a clay base and perfect, according to the producers, for the 85 percent of Montepulciano and 15 percent of Sangiovese vines grown there. 

Strologo’s production rules include producing limited quantities, manually picking the over-matured grapes, soft treading while processing and, finally, lengthy fermentation at controlled temperatures in French oak barrels.  “The French oak barrels give the wine a nice, subtle flavor,” Silvano explains to the interpreter as he leans upon a barrel.  “We do not use American oak because it gives wine a coconut flavor.

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Strologo's secret is letting the wine sit in French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.

Photo by: Elliott Yancey


Strologo has four different types of wine to choose from.

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Take a tour of Strologo's winery.

Video by: Jennifer Adams

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