MARCHE - ITALY
“A very rare estate in Italy that devotes itself completely to just one grape, Verdicchio. The Sartarelli family have raised Verdicchio wine making to an art form, and nobody produces as many successful wines from the grape as they do. The Verdicchio Balciana is especially grand, undoubtedly one of Italy’s twenty best white wines: made from late harvested grapes grown in a beautiful amphitheatre, this single vineyard wine is only ever made in the best years… It is the most Alsatian-like of Italy’s white wines. Wine lovers should also try the Tralivio Verdicchio, which has improved by leaps and bounds over the last five years and is now one of the best Verdicchio wines made anywhere.”- Ian D’Agata, Vinous
Located in the heart of the Marche on the west side of the Esino river, Sartarelli encompasses 66 hectares of vines located 300-350 feet above sea level. With an average vine age of 33 years and soils that are characterized by calcareous and marl stone, owners Donatella Sartarelli and her husband Patrizio Chiacchiarini are producing wines that are very terrior-driven and classic to the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC.
Donatella and Patrizio firmly believe that the wine is made in the vineyard – to this end, they practice sustainable farming, only using pesticides when absolutely necessary and allowing grasses to grow in order to replenish nutrients into the soil. During harvest, they make multiple passes through the vineyards, taking only the fruit that is at its optimal ripeness. All of the grapes are soft pressed, with fermentation for the Classico and Tralivio being done in stainless steel and the Balciana and Passito in cement. No oak is used at all, allowing for the purity of the fruit to come through. The end result are artisan wines that are clean, soft, and layered with complexity.