The grapes are grown in single vineyards in Castelli di Jesi, which have pebbly, fossil-rich soil and a maritime climate that bring minerality to the rich fruit.
Now in its third generation, Tenuta dell’Ugolino was established in Le Marche, in central Italy, in the 1980s as a “haven” for grandfather Petrini after a lifetime working overseas. He described the small parcel of land as: “A return to the past, to a land that appears even greener and richer when seen through the eyes of those who have been away from it for so long.”
Now run by his son Andrea and son-in-law Matteo, the vineyard has grown to 14 hectares and produces just four wines: three Verdicchio whites and a tiny-production red. The past five vintages have been recognised by the prestigious Slow Wine Guide, and in 2021 their Vignetto del Balluccio won the Vino Slow Top Wine award and the winery won the Moneta award for best value for money.
Protecting and nurturing the land is at the heart of the Petrini family, who farm it using a combination of traditional and modern organic and environmentally friendly methods. The grapes are grown in single vineyards in Castelli di Jesi, which have pebbly, fossil-rich soil and a maritime climate that bring minerality to the rich fruit. At harvest time, the grapes are picked by hand and collected in small containers to prevent any damage to the fruit.