Over the gently rolling hills around the town of Matellica, Borgo Paglianetto crafts terroir driven wines reflecting the dramatic yet serene land they live and work in. Working organically since conception in 2008, the goal of the winery is to highlight the individuality of their specific vineyards, while producing easily enjoyable wines of brightness and clarity. Vinification is universally simple and unfussy, allowing the range of soils, exposures and microclimates to permeate the character of the wine.
Verdicchio is king here, and Verdicchio di Matellica is in a class by itself. Miniscule in scale compared to its higher yielding sister appellation, Vedicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, Verdicchios from this area have a unique and powerful character – a result of vastly differing geographies, soils and climates between the two areas. Castelli di Jesi sits on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, benefitting from a controlled Mediterranean climate and sandy soils. The resulting wines are fruit driven while maintaining an easy-going style that became hugely popular in the 1970s. Matelica, by contrast, is further inland, bordering Umbria and resting firmly in the Apennine Mountain Range. It’s calcareous-clay soils and notably cooler nights result in more mineral complexity and floral driven wines, complimented by crisp, modern structures. Borgo Paglianetto’s blended reds, produced in the same area as the whites but under the Marche Rosso IGT, also show this mineral backbone, set against juicy red fruit and an appealingly taught structure.
Terravignata Marche IGT Rosso
Marche IGT Rosso
Produced in the same area as their whites, Terravignata is a joyful red blend of sangiovese, merlot and the indigenous lacrima. The name here refers to how Roman landowners used to mark places on their Marche properties as “terre vignante”, or land dedicated solely for wine production. As such, the sites chosen for the reds allow sufficient ripening while permitting fresh aromatic complexity and a pleasingly light, savory profile.
Petrara Verdicchio di Matelica
Verdicchio di Matelica DOC
Named for an ancient city over which vineyards are now planted, Borgo Paglianetto’s “Petrara” is simultaneously cerebral and utterly enjoyable. Organically grown from the unique north-south valleys of Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, the wine sees little in the way of winemaking manipulation at six months in stainless steel before bottling. The result is both generous yet tense, projecting a unique sense of place with some of the finest verdicchio in Italy.
Born in Matelica and raised in Tuscany, Francesco has returned to his birthplace as the head winemaker for Borgo Paglianetto. He brings over 10 years of experience at estates in Chianti, Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino to the winery, where he developed a meticulous and accurate approach to winemaking. His friendly demeanor and love of good food reflect in his joyful wines and their flexibility in pairing.