Sartarelli are a revered name in the lesser known Italian region of Le Marche, neighbour of Umbria and Tuscany. The picturesque town of Jesi is famous for its deliciously drinkable, fresh and structured Verdicchios, and this one is a beauty. Its ripe aroma of white peaches is combined with a lively freshness on the palate. It is generous and concentrated with flavours of waxy lemons and ripe grapefruit.
The Sartarelli family have been at the vanguard of the serious winemaking movement taking over the much-underrated Marche region on Italy’s central Adriatic coast. The Verdicchio grape is held in high regard in Italy, but until recently had not made much of an impact on export markets. Its future is set fair in the hands of expert winemakers such as the Sartarellis. The family have 55 hectares on the steep Marche hills dedicated solely to the Verdicchio grape. At 300m altitude the wines they produce have an aromatic intensity and concentrated weight.
An Italian central east wine region, Marche benefits from a favourable climate for the vine, thanks to the Adriatic Sea breezes spreading towards the sunny sloped hill vineyards. These hills have been the ideal habitat of indigenous grape varieties for centuries, including Sangiovese nero, Montepulciano Nero, Passerina Bianco and the acclaimed Verdicchio. With undisputed quality, and very good value for money wine, Marche is one of the finest wine regions in Italy where Verdicchio plays an important role, especially the renowned Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, bringing to the region international appeal.