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.