Montepulciano is the main grape variety grown in the small area around Monte Conero. The Riserva version was created to show the potential of this variety which is why most of these wines are made from 100% Montepulciano. The grapes are selected from the parcels the wine makers consider to be in the best location. The grapes are picked later than those used in the DOC wine. The grapes must be very mature with a high concentration of sugars together with a high level of sweet tannins.
These tannins then combine with those contained in the small oak casks (barriques) used to mature the wine for 12 months. The wine is then left in to mature in the bottle for 6 months. The result is a wine with great character that can mature for many years.