Appellation:MARCHE BIANCO IGT
Vineyard extension (hectares):5
Blend:40% Chardonnay 40% Sauvignon Blanc 20% Verdicchio
Vineyard age (year of planting):
Nose:Elegant and persistent
Flavour:fresh and flavorful
Serving temperature (°C):8-10
Match with:Fish hors d'oeuvres, rice and pasta dishes, grilled fish, also as an aperitif with tapas or snacks
Average no. bottles/year:60,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:8
The wine is named after the wind that often blows on the Adriatic sea. the wine is produced with the grapes of various vineyards. Vine training system: cordon spur (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) and guyot (Verdicchio).
Harvest period: end of August (Chardonnay), beginning of September (Sauvignon Blanc, Verdicchio)
Vinification and ageing
Soft crushing of the clusters. Alcoholic fermentation for approximately 12 days in steel tanks with temperature control in order to exalt the aroma of the grapes; at the end fo fermentation the wine of the three varietals are blended and the wine is bottled at the beginning of the spring
Address:Loc. Fontespina - Contrada Castelletta, 56 62012 Civitanova Marche MC
Year of establishment:1970
Total annual production:100000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):22.78
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3.09ha Cabernet sauvignon 2.65ha Chardonnay 3.54ha Merlot 3.72ha Montepulciano 1.53ha Pinot grigio 0.66ha Pinot nero 2.59ha Ribona 3.21ha Sangiovese 1.16ha Sauvignon 1.63ha Verdicchio
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.
Harvest period:First week of September/Mid October
Oenologist:Francesco Pennesi with the consultancy of Emiliano Falsini
For many reasons Boccadigabbia is one of the most interesting domaines in the Marche region. Until 1950 the estate belonged to Prince Luigi Girolamo Napoleon Bonaparte, direct descendant of the Napoleon we all know. In fact, ever since the early 19th century, French grapes were planted at Boccadigabbia under the Napoleonic administration, varietals the locals described as “bordò” and “francesi” - a heritage unfortunately totally lost in the breakdown of the imperial properties that ended in their sale.
It, then, makes perfect sense that Elvio Alessandri, the present owner, decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the traditional Sangiovese, Ribona, Montepulciano and Verdicchio: the choice had a historical as well as qualitative significance.
Elvio’s son Lorenzo works full time at the estate, the vineyards are supervised by the agronomist Luca Severini and the cellars are managed by the oenologist Francesco Pennesi with the consultancy of the well known oenologist Emiliano Falsini.
The 23 hectares of vineyards stand on hills in two separate zones, Civitanova and Macerata.
The international grape varieties are grown in Civitanova, while the Italian varieties are grown in Macerata.
The estate takes part in a programme financed by the Marche Region for viticulture with a low environmental impact, so that the practices in the vineyard are strictly environment friendly.
There are two cellars, an extremely modern one in Civitanova, which was completed in 2010, and an older one in Macerata, that was bought together with the vineyards by Elvio in 1996.
The philosophy is to maintain tradition with the aid of modern technology, but also to maintain the particular character of the wines made with the Italian and international grape varieties of the estate.