- Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine
- Barbera, Corvina, Glera, Rondinella, Verdicchio
About the Winery
In 1956, when Mariano Alessandri purchased Boccadigabbia, he was buying a unique piece of Italian history. The estate had been the property of the Bonaparte family since the First French Empire! Boccadiabbia’s 10 hectares, planted entirely to the vine, are located in the Castelletta di Fontespina district, on the first hills that rise from the Adriatic sea towards the ancient village of Civitanva Alta in the Marche. Elvidio (Elvio) Alessandri, Mariano’s son, is at the helm today, assisted by his three sons, Lorenzo, Francesco, Agnese, and daughter Federica. Though the estate first achieved notice with their critically-acclaimed Cabernet ‘Akronte’, the family has worked diligently in recent years to shed the influence of Boccadigabbia’s imperial past and promote the importance of native grapes, best expressed by the unique terroir of the Marche.
Many of the vineyards of Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Ribona enjoy open exposure to the south, yet due to the proximity and moderating influence of the sea, the wines possess both a cheerful depth of fruit as well as tension and restraint. Elvio is particularly enamored of the rare Ribona grape, of which there is barely 100 hectares planted in all of Italy! Rosso Piceno, the estate’s most prominent wine, is sourced from about five hectares in sandy clay soils of moderate elevation at about 180 meters. Emiliano Falsini joined the team as head enologist in 2010, implementing traditional vinification methods, modifying the oak regimen to use of 2nd and 3rd passage only, and ensuring the strict use of environmentally sustainable practices.
Ca' del Monte
Ca del Monte is situated on the hillsides overlooking the village of Negrar, in the heart of Valpolicella. It has belonged to the same family for generations, and is now run by brothers Umberto and Giuseppe Zaconte. There’s nothing fancy about this place. The house and winery are modest - and are attached to a 17th century monastery.
The estate is approximately 50 acres, and its 15-65 year old vines lie on gentle slopes at 800-900 meters. They grow on four soils including clay, limestone, red volcanic soil with red stones, and “Toar,” a green volcanic soil. The vineyards of Ca Del Monte are planted with 20-40 year old vines of Corvina, Rodinella and Molinara grapes that are planted in poor soils that stress the vines and nurture the fruit. All of the farming is done traditionally and non-certified organic.
Conti RiccatiConti Riccati is located in the rolling hills outside of Castelfranco, Veneto; in the province of Treviso. Their vineyards extend along 20 hectares inside a bigger property that has belonged to the Riccati family since the 14th century.
Valperto Azzoni, his wife along and their four children are the direct descendants of the Riccati family and have the same enthusiasm and respect for the land, that their ancestors had in the past.
Conti Riccati grows mostly Glera, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir though they are most known for their Prosecco.
The winemaker, Salvatore Lovo and the agronomist, Giovanni Pascarella take great pride in making the wines and tending the vineyards for the family. They practice sustainable viticulture and are currently in organic conversion.
PunsetPunset is an innovator when it comes to organic wine. Inheriting the estate in 1982, Marina Marcarino is a fifth generation winemaker, and she took her estate to the future whilst preserving age-old traditions.
She transformed all 20 hectares of her land into a fully organic vineyard during a time where major producers of Barolo and Barbaresco were abandoning tradition to compete commercially. Instead of following the trend, she struck out on her own, and made wines that resonated with her past and passions. Known for the very first certified organic Barbaresco of Italy, Marina continues to show the world that you can preserve tradition and think of the future simultaneously.