Andrea Petrini’s passion and drive to create the finest Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi wines was inspired by his beloved grandfather, Ugolino, who began working the fields in this world renowned, ancient viticultural zone of Castelli di Jesi. Their family agricultural business was born in 1980, and, over the following years evolved into viticulture and winemaking as their principal activity. Located in the hills above the town of Castelplanio, 22 miles southwest of Ancona in the Marche, their family winery is in the heart of the district reserved for Verdicchio wines carrying the DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled Guaranteed) designation for Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Inspired by the memory of his grandfather, Ugolino, Andrea has worked diligently to preserve the family traditions in the vineyards and in the winery.
Today, Andrea and his stepson, Matteo Foroni, meticulously care for their 8 hectares of Verdicchio vineyards including their designated Balluccio cru that are located near the Adriatic Sea and the nearby Mount Conero. The limestone rich soils and wide temperature ranges influenced by the maritime and mountainous climates produce exceptional Verdicchio fruit with spectacularly complex characteristics. Their Verdicchio Classico Le Piaole and Vignetto del Balluccio Classico Superiore have earned impressive ratings from Italian and international wine critics.
Tenuta dell'Ugolino Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi "Vigneto del Balluccio" DOC – Andrea and Matteo produce only about 6,000 bottles (500 cases) of the 1-hectare Balluccio cru. This vineyard designated wine displays the spectacular characteristics of the Verdicchio wines from this ancient viticultural zone. It beams in the glass with golden yellow color and a hint of green. The bouquet recalls hints of white flowers, sage, anisette and licorice. This elegant, full-bodied white wine lands on the palate with a long, velvety finish with traces of vanilla. Enjoy this harmonious white with fish dishes, fried seafood, shellfish, light cheeses and light first courses. Best enjoyed served at 55-60F in a large format glass.