On Saturday, the editors of Slow Wine presented their 2016 guide in Montecatini (Tuscany) together with a tasting of wineries to whom they awarded their top prizes and ratings.
Pievalta was there.
Here’s what they had to say in the guide, which was released for the first time at the presentation (translation by Barone Pizzini blog):
Pievalta is a symbol of sustainability, of respect for nature and for grape variety expression. Its wines are clean and balanced. No extremism here, just substance.
Alessandro Fenino has modeled the Pievalta winery after his own personality. And his ideas and his working methods have paid off: After 13 years, Pievalta is one of the best estates in the Castelli di Jesi appellation. He’s already covered a lot of ground and has much more ahead of him. But no earthquake could shake the roots that he has put down.
Pievalta’s vineyard in Follonica is one of the greatest terroirs in the area. The gorgeous vines there face northeast and lie just a blink of the eye from the sea and its breeze, which constantly refreshes them. The arenaceous subsoils allow the roots of the vines to reach great depths without being affected by the absence of water. Cover crop and green manure, together with the manure horn, are the basis for the nourishment of the berries.