Leopardo Felici has a great hand with the Verdicchio grape, producing two of the Marche’s best white wines. Clearly, the vineyard location in the cool-climate, hilly area between Apiro and Cupromontana is a big help, as the wines have high natural acidity, a strong mineral overlay and wonderful clarity. But strong viticultural and winemaking skills also play a role. Felici is one of the few producers of ‘vino biologico’ in Italy talented enough to avoid making wines with off-putting aromas, and his decision not to use oak (only stainless steel and cement vats are used) also contributes to the precision of the wines.
Leopardo Felici was named Vignaiolo dell’Anno or Winemaker of the Year in the 2020 version of the Gambero Rosso. His wines are considered among the best Italian white wines. The Riserva Cantico della Figura has also received the highest award in recent years in the form of Tre Bicchiere in Gambero Rosso.