Is Verdicchio Italy’s next big thing? Only Barolo wins more Slow Wine awards

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Above: Pievalta grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino shows a piece of tufo (“calcareous tufa” in English) taken from his top growing site, San Paolo. He attributes Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi’s longevity and its potential for greatness to this soil type.

According to an analysis conducted by the Italian online media outlet WineNews.it, only Barolo (winner of 37 of 663 awards) surpassed Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica (22 awards) in the number of top accolades awarded to the appellation’s wines in the 2015 edition of the prestigious Slow Wine Guide.

Even Brunello di Montalcino (19 awards), write the WineNews editors, struggled to keep up with Verdicchio in its number of awards.

Could be the next next-big-thing wine to emerge from the Italian wine world?

Gauging from the growing number of accolades, it would seem so.

Pievalta received two awards from the editors of the 2015 guide:

Vino Slow (Slow Wine Award) for the Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Ris. Cl. San Paolo 2012.

Vino Quotidiano (Outstanding Daily Wine Award) for the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Pievalta 2013.

Bar all’Onda is the hottest new wine destination in New York…

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Last month, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov included Bar all’Onda in his shortlist of “New York City’s most surprising wine lists.”

It’s one of the hottest new wine destinations in the city and everyone is talking about it.

And it serves Pievalta by the glass.

Bar all’Onda
22 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 231-2236

Image via the Bar all’Onda Facebook.

Barone Pizzini awarded Gambero Rosso “Sustainable Viticulture” Prize 2015

The “Sustainable Viticulture Prize” is an award that the Gambero Rosso is “particularly emotional” about,” explain the editors in the presentation of this year’s prize. They are “devoted with front-of-the-class commitment” to the cause, they write.

“All you need to do is visit the new and very modern winery, which was designed using bio-architecture, and tour the organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards to understand how much the winery deserves this prize.”

In 2001, Barone Pizzini’s Franciacorta vineyard obtained organic certification. In 2009, its property in Castelli di Jesi, Pievalta, obtained biodynamic certification.

In each appellation, it was the first winery to obtain certification in the respective categories.

Barone Pizzini also won the Gambero Rosso’s coveted Three Glass (Tre Bicchieri) award this year for its Franciacorta Brut Nature.

The rating and prize will be published officially in the 2015 Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy.

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More accolades from Slow Wine for Barone Pizzini

Last week, we learned that Pievalta, the Barone Pizzini sister winery in Castelli di Jesi, had received multiple awards from the editors of the Slow Wine 2015 Guide.

Today, we found out that Barone Pizzini, the winery and one of its wines, has also impressed the Slow Wine judges.

Here’s the email that Barone Pizzini manager Marta Piovani received today (translation by the Barone Pizzini blogmaster):

Dear Barone Pizzini,

We would like to congratulate you because your winery has received the following awards:

CHIOCCIOLA (SNAIL AWARD, “a symbol assigned to wineries for the manner in which they express values — sensorial, territorial, and environmental — that align with those of Slow Food”).

Vino Slow (Slow Wine Award) for the Franciacorta Nature 2010.

—Slow Wine

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Rain, rain, rain… but accolades wash away the blues

“Rain, rain, rain,” wrote Pievalta manager Silvia Loschi on the winery’s Facebook today. “And on top of it all, the tractor is broken. But then, a message arrives from the Slow Wine guide and our hearts are filled with joy!”

Dear Pievalta,

We would like to congratulate you because your winery has received the following awards:

CHIOCCIOLA (SNAIL AWARD, “a symbol assigned to wineries for the manner in which they express values — sensorial, territorial, and environmental — that align with those of Slow Food”).

Vino Slow (Slow Wine Award) for the Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Ris. Cl. San Paolo 2012.

Vino Quotidiano (Outstanding Daily Wine Award) for the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Pievalta 2013.

—Slow Wine

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Bioculture: 8 artists trek through Verdicchio country

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Above: A group of eight artists recently descended upon the Pievalta estate, constructing art installations, performing music, and blogging about their experience. That’s Pievalta manager Silvia Loschi, third from right, and grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino, center.

“Bioculture,” write the authors of the its website, “is a pilot project that promotes our territory of Le Marche in the UK. The project spotlights Terroir Marche, a consortium of organic winegrowers, and the Marche region through a new experiential touristic journey which will be undertaken for the very first time by a group of eight young artists of excellence.”

The group recently found their way to the Pievalta estate, where it created works of art through visual components, music, and blogging.

It’s been exciting to follow the “happening” through the group’s blog and social media (the blog is in English btw).

And estate manager Silvia Loschi has been documenting the events and gatherings on the winery’s Facebook (here, here, and here).

It’s only natural that art and viticulture should intertwine. And one of the most exciting things about this particular coming together is that it avoided all the clichés of “fine art” and “fine wine.”

Instead, it embraced the spirit of grape growers Alessandro Fenino and Silvia’s quest to achieve the greatest expression of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi through chemical-free farming and their conviction that biodynamics is the key to giving live back to the earth and its fruits.

The artists’ journey continues through next week. You can follow their itinerary here. Very groovy stuff!