Rosso Villa Castiglioni
Wine name:Rosso Villa Castiglioni
Appellation:MARCHE ROSSO IGT
Zone:Matelica (province of Macerata)
Vineyard extension (hectares):2.2
Blend:80% Sangiovese 20% Merlot
Vineyard age (year of planting):Merlot 2001 Sangiovese 2001
Soil Type:Calcarous, clayey
Nose:Vinous, pleasant, blueberry, sour cherry, vanilla and mineral notes
Flavour:Dry, warm, soft, harmonious, quite tannic, sapid, persistent
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:Grilled meat, savoury pasta dishes
Average no. bottles/year:6,500
Grape yield per hectare tons:9
Vinification and ageing
Maceration with the skins and alcoholic fermentation in steel vats for 15 days, during this period the must is pumped over twice a day, malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine matures part in steel tanks and part in barriques for 12 months, finishing in the bottle for 6 months
Address:Via Fogliano, 120 62024 Matelica MC
Owner:Pierino and Giuseppe Bisci
Year of establishment:1982
Total annual production:90000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):20
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.5ha Merlot 1.7ha Sangiovese 0.8ha Sauvignon Blanc 17ha Verdicchio
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:minimum cultivation between the vines
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Harvest period:From end of September to end of October
The brothers Giuseppe and Pierino Bisci bought the property, located between the provinces of Macerata and Ancona, in 1972 and turned it into one of the reference wineries of the area. When they bought the property the farmers of the area recommended it as particularly suited for the Verdicchio grape. Mauro, Giuseppe’s son, is now co-owner and manager of the estate with the support of the agronomist-oenologist Aroldo Bellelli.
The vineyard extension is of 20 hectares of which 17 are grown with Verdicchio, 0.8 hectares with Sauvignon Blanc, 0.5 with Merlot and 1.7 with Sangiovese.
The vineyards stand on the hills at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount San Vicino (1,570 meters high) which protects this area from hail and from frosts. The thermals attract paragliding enthusiasts, but also make this area particularly ventilated. Another characteristic is that Matelica is in a closed valley which is parallel to the sea and not influenced by the sea breezes, so that the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters and with a particularly wide day/night temperature range. The soil is clayey-calcareous rich in micro-elements as the area is an ancient marine basin. The exposure of the vineyards is mainly a full south. A part of the vineyards have a south-east and south-west exposure. The estate is certified organic.
Vinification takes place in the cellar among the vineyards that was built in 1980 adapting an old country house, while the wines mature in an underground cellar that was built in 2000.
All the wines of Bisci evolve slowly, acquire complexity with age and can be enjoyed for many years.
The Verdicchio wines (a “base”, a selection and a riserva) are rich, creamy, engagingly structured of remarkable amplitude and length on the palate. When young the bouquet has varietal grassy qualities backed by a spicy nature that with age evolves into complex and seductive resinous suggestions, displaying characteristics so bold and distinctive as to warrant a redefinition of both varietal and wine.
Bisci also produces a Passito (100% Verdicchio) and three Marche Rosso IGT: “Villa Castiglioni” (80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot), “Fogliano” (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Sangiovese) and “Piangifame” (100% Sangiovese only made in the best vintages).