The Monte Schiavo winery is in the Marche region, just 20 km inland from the city of Ancona, on the east coast of Italy. Owned and run by the Pieralisi family, they recently added the ‘Tenute Pieralisi’ range of wines to their portfolio, crafted by winemaker Simone Schiaffino and renowned consultant Carlo Ferrini. This is a top tier of premium wines made from local varieties (Verdicchio and Montepulciano) and using only natural yeasts and spontaneous fermentation.
Grapes for Villaia Verdicchio Classico Superiore are sourced from Monte Schiavo’s most prized vineyard of Colle del Sole, picked at full ripeness, vinified in stainless steel, and aged on fine lees for around 5 months.
The result is a delicious, complex and expressive wine – but don’t just take our word for it!
The 2016 vintage has collected a Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Gold medal and an International Wine Challenge Silver, plus this review in the latest Wine Merchant magazine (June 2018):
Villaia Verdicchio Classico 2016: “Here’s a wine you don’t have to work very hard at to love. Made with beautifully ripe fruit from a 5ha vineyard right next to the winery in Marche, spontaneously fermented and then aged on fine lees for five months, it’s rich but refreshing, and wonderfully textured. Lemons, thyme, custard creams.” Graham Holter