Brand Description

Verdicchio’s long tradition as the Marche’s banner grape and its reputation as one of Italy’s greatest Italian white varieties is highly respected by the stewards of viniculture at Pievalta. Verdicchio production is centered in two place-name appellations of the Marche region: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Pievalta terroir is located in the former, and the wines of Jesi tell the story of their microclimate and particular subzone. Pievalta’s young history was made possible by the vision of Silvano Brescianini (winemaker and Managing Partner of Barone Pizzini) who tapped enologist Alessandro Fenino to manage this ambitious project in 2002.

Location of Vineyard

Pievalta farms 26.5 hectares of estate-owned vineyards in two key sites flanking both banks of the Esino River Valley in the province of Ancona. Vineyards on the left bank (planted in the 1970s) are predominately clay and limestone, and have been updated with new plantings for higher density. Vineyards flanking the right bank of the Esino River are of higher elevation and steep slopes, and marked by soils of granitic sandstone. All work in the vineyards is painstakingly carried out by hand throughout all events during the growing season.

Winemaking Philosophy

Pievalta refrains from conventional winemaking production, and has, since the outset, been farmed organically. In 2005, Alessandro also began conversion to biodynamic farming (Demeter certified since 2008) using legume cover crops between the rows and biodynamic preparations. In philosophy and practice, Pievalta aims to resurrect the spirit of their soils. To this effect, the makers act as stewards of their vineyards, and within the context of each season, usher a transparent expression of Verdicchio into wine. Using a less-is-more approach, Alessandro and his team allow the grape and terroir to take its natural course with very little intervention. Since 2009, all wines have been produced free of any animal additives.

Pievalta, Alessandro Fenino, Owner
Pievalta Vineyard
Pievalta, Maiolati Spontini Vineyard
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Winery Profile
Total acreage under vine: 68
Founded: 2003
Production: 12,000
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“The 2021 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Tre Ripe possesses a uniquely herbal yet also tropical bouquet, as sweet mint, sage and underbrush gives way to young kiwi and hints of wet stone. It’s pleasantly ripe in character, yet packed full of citrus and mineral tension that creates wonderful contrasts on the palate. The palate is left reverberating with nuances of sour lime and green apple, as the 2021 finishes crisp. Well done. There is so much character and balance packed into this entry-level Verdicchio from Pievalta.”
— acclaim for 2021 Pievalta Tre Ripe Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi from Vinous, Nov 2022
“The 2019 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva San Paolo is aromatically stunning with a burst of crushed rocks, lemon zest, young mango and the slightest hint of patchouli. It soothes with seamlessly silky textures, ripe orchard fruits and nuances of sweet almond paste. A custardy richness lingers through the finale, nicely offset by a staining of saline minerals. While a bit extroverted, the 2019 possesses amazing balance and delivers masses of pleasure.”
— acclaim for 2019 Pievalta San Paolo Castelli di Jesi from Vinous, Nov 2022
“Tre ripe means “three slopes.” Brilliant light yellow; aromas of Bosc pear, melon and orange pith. Medium-full, lively acidity, excellent persistence and complexity. Notable typicity and harmony. Very appealing now- enjoy over the next 5-7 years.”
— acclaim for 2021 Pievalta Tre Ripe Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi from Tom Hyland's Guide to Italian Wines, Jul 2022
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