The small Marche winery of Sartarelli hit the world scene in 1994 when it launched the late-harvest Verdicchio wine of Contrada Balciana. Much to the surprise of many wine connoisseurs, this small, low-tech winery was able to produce a flavorful and balanced wine of surprising depth and complexity. A true reflection of its terroir, the now-iconic wine was made with artisanal methods like very low yields and long hang times, allowing the fruit to achieve extraordinary flavor. The unique style of Balciana is now Sartarelli’s trademark and has inspired a legion of would-be imitators.
Sartarelli, located in the village of Poggio Dan Marcello in the gorgeous March region, was founded in 1972 but did not actively pursue high-quality winemaking until years later. Now, the firm’s main objective is to extract the very best of the native Verdicchio grape. To that aim, Sartarelli has been perfecting the variety, using clones from its own vineyards to achieve a truly unique taste. The company has grown considerably since the mid-1990s and now has three excellent Verdicchio wines: the original Contrada Balciana, Verdicchio Tralivio (made in a similar but lighter style than Balciana), and Verdicchio Classico (a direct and usually flawless presentation of Verdicchio’s character).
The vineyards are planted on steep terraces at an altitude of 300 to 350 meters above sea level. Care of the vineyards is of foremost importance at Sartarelli, and each step of the growing and harvesting processes are carefully monitored. The grass is left to grow between rows of vines to keep soil nutrients intact, and vine yields are kept very low to ensure high-quality grapes.
100% Verdicchio, sweet late harvest wine, 15.5% alc. annual production of approx. 10- 20,000 bottles.
100% Verdicchio, 13.5% alc. annual production of approx. 100,000 bottles.
100% Verdicchio, 13.5% alc. annual production of approx. 200,000 bottles.
Via Coste del Molino, 24
Poggio S. Marcello- 60030 (AN)
Tel +39 0731 89732
Fax +39 0731 889902
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
- Area under vine
- 66 hectares
- Age of vines
- 10-15 years old
- Oak barrel origin
- French and Slovenian Oak
- Alberto Mazzoni
- Donatella Sartarelli and Patrizio Chiacchiarini
- Grape varietals