The estate totals 120 hectares, of which 53 are vineyards that lie on hillsides at approximately 180 meters above the sea level. The soil is mixed predominantly clay. The vineyards are divided into three main plots within the vicinity of the villa, with various exposures from South to North and from East to West. They are comprised mainly of indigenous varietals of Lacrima and Verdicchio which are between 10 and 35 years old. In 1999 we also introduced other varietals on a smaller scale. These include Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which we use for our red IGT blend. The training system is mainly Guyot.
We care about the health of this land because we transmit the soil that we farm from one generation to the next. We aim to impact as little as possible on the environment. We do not use water for irrigation and limit our treatments to those strictly necessary, using low dosage products, hence guaranteeing an equilibrium between the vines and the soil on which they grow.
Lacrima is an ancient varietal with semi-aromatic qualities. It is cultivated exclusively within the countryside surrounding the medieval village of Morro d’Alba. Legend says that in 1167 Federico Barbarossa could appreciate this wine while residing in Morro d’Alba during the siege of Ancona. Being cultivated only locally, this delicate grape was at risk of extinction until 1985 when it was granted the DOC, when there were just 7 hectares of Lacrima vines remaining. The name Lacrima, which translates as “tear”, is derived from the fragile skin of this grape, which upon maturity tends to burst producing violet colored tears. Not beeing a result of many clonal selections, this grape is very challenging to manage, both in the vineyards and also during the wine production.
The suitability of this land for viticulture, along with the experience of those who work in the vineyards every day helps us to bring the grapes to optimal maturation in healthy condition. We vinify exclusively our own grapes to ensure the quality at every stage of the process.
Castelli di Jesi are a series of 14 walled villages lying on the hills surrounding the Jesi valley. The area, with its many medieval and renaissance towns, is one of the most beautiful places in the Marche and is at the center of the Verdicchio dei Castelli si Jesi Classico DOC area.
Verdicchio is a very old indigenous varietal and is the pride of Marche’s enology, being recognized as one of the most important Italian white wines.
It is extremely versatile and can be processed in various ways to produce fresh young wines to full bodied reserves that can age for years developing a great complexity, or even to produce sparkling and dessert wines.
Verdicchio is not considered an aromatic grape, when young, like most wines of age worthy quality, it is more austere but does have a full bodied flavor with a pleasant almond aftertaste. With the age its bouquet evolves and become more complex, with hints of acacia honey, sage and citrus and many different flavors, varying from place to place and from one producer to another, it is a wine of which one never gets tired.