Wine name:Le Grane
Appellation:COLLI MACERATESI RIBONA DOC
Vineyard extension (hectares):2
Vineyard age (year of planting):Ribona 1988
Colour:Intense straw yellow
Nose:Intriguing fragrances of ripe fruit
Flavour:Structured, full in the mouth, harmonic
Serving temperature (°C):8-10
Match with:Pasta and fish dishes, white meat dishes, cheese
Average no. bottles/year:6,500
"Ribona" also called "Maceratino" is a rare grape varietal that is only grown in the province of Macerata. The vineyards stand in the old Montanello district of Macerata, where Pietro Paolo Floriani, who was a soldier and an architect (he designed the Floriana fortress of Malta), planted vines in 1626.
Vine training system: guyot
Vinification and ageing
Soft crushing of the clusters, the must ferments for approx 12 days with temperature control in stainless steel tanks. After the first fermentation, whole slightly overripe berries are added to the wine. The second fermentation lasts a furher 10 days and allows an added extraction of compounds and of aromatics from the skins.
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.