We have a goal: to share the beauty of our terroir, our valley and our vineyards through wine. In 2018 we finished the construction of the underground cellar, modern and efficient, which allows us to use the best technologies, process the bunches of grapes immediately after harvesting and always maintain maximum cleanliness to avoid contaminations.
Verdicchio & Lacrima
Verdicchio and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba are the reasons why we started this project.
The first is perhaps the Italian white varietal with the most potential, certainly the most versatile: it can become a fresh and immediate wine like our Classico, elegant and complex as in the Classico Superiore or show its capacity of evolution and aging with the Riserva. Furthermore, Verdicchio is perfect for sparkling and pet nat wines.
The Lacrima grape is, if possible, an even more fascinating varietal. Autochthonous of our region, it takes its name from the droplets of juice which, when the berries are ripe, because of their thin skin rich in polyphenols but fragile, drop from the bunches.
Verdicchio is a grape related to Trebbiano di Soave and Lugana, it found its perfect habitat centuries ago in the Marche, and in particular in the Castelli di Jesi area. Verdicchio has evolved in symbiosis with the landscape, cuisine and culture of the Marche region and is therefore the most faithful interpreter of this area.
Lacrima is a delicate, anti-modern grape, it blooms very early in spring, exposing itself to late frosts and giving rather low yields. For these reasons, during the twentieth century it was gradually abandoned by producers in favour of other safer and more profitable vines. But the creation of the DOC in 1985 and the enthusiasm of some winemakers saved Lacrima and today there are almost 300 hectares of vineyards planted. Seven of these are at Filodivino and we are proud of it: Lacrima is a difficult grape to ripen, it can give slightly rough wines but when it is worked properly its characteristics of semi-aromatic grape create a wine that does not taste like anyone else, neither in Italy nor elsewhere.
A part of our vineyard – from which we produce all our wines, we do not buy grapes from other producers – hosts international varietals (mostly indigenous of the South of France) with which we investigate original interpretations of our terroir.
All our vineyards are organically farmed, with a very low use also of copper and sulphur, way below the limits allowed by EU certification.
In the cellar we follow the same principle, minimizing the intervention to restore the peculiar expression of each vintage, even the complicated ones.
During the harvest, exclusively done by hand in small bins, we pass two or even three times on each row to collect only the bunches that have reached perfect ripeness. Then we keep the various plots separate in small steel tanks. Each one will go through its individual maturation process until the moment of blending.
For ageing, in addition to steel tanks, we experiment with different types of containers and materials: concrete eggs, clay amphoras, French wooden tonneaux and small barriques, conical vats of untoasted oak.