Le Cantine del Cardinale: Vino Visciolato of Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The cherry tree Prunus Cerasus Austera produces the "Visciole" a sour cherry.
In the Marche region Visciola wine was originally produced to make the strong wines of the Castles of Jesi, like Rosso Piceno or Rosso Conero more pleasant for the ladies.
Nobility and clergy enjoyed it as a dessert wine calling it "Wine of the angels". For the peasants, Visciola wine was reserved to celebrate special occasions. They used to call it "The blood of the witches" and ascribed to it aphrodisiac properties.