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OUR WINES

Winemaking is an overwhelming experience.
During the years in which wine ripens and refines, your time slows down, until one day, while pouring some with your favourite company around, you find a slice of your life in the glass. Brutally summed up, but beautifully evocative.
And it's always an unparalleled emotion.

PASSO PAJANO

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DOP VERDICCHIO DI MATELICA

This wine is obtained only from Verdicchio grapes grown at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level, hand-picked and placed in small boxes in order to preserve their integrity until fermentation. Subsequently aged on its own yeasts in steel drums until the complete ripening.

The shortcut from Matelica to Esanatoglia crosses the small fraction called Pagliano, around 500 metres above sea level. And it's here where the vineyard was planted and the winery built. This is why we invented this place name as a joke that gives the name to our Verdicchio. Passo Pajano, indeed.

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CASE ROSSE

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IGP MARCHE ROSSO

This wine is composed of Sangiovese and Sagrantino grapes from a vineyard with a yield of 50 quintals per hectare, harvested by hand in small cases until perfect ripening. Case Rosse is refined in tonneaux and oak barriques for 16 months. This leads to an elegant, structured and lingering wine characterized by intense color and rich in sweet and evocative scents.

The name Case Rosse comes from the place where my mum's mum, a vigorous, spontaneous woman with a big heart, was born. A small tribute to a large slice of my childhood memories.

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LA VALLE

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DOP ESINO ROSSO

Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes Sangiovese e Cabernet Sauvignon from our vineyard are harvested at different times and vinified at controlled-temperature. Refined only in steel barrels for Sangiovese and 16 months in barriques for Cabernet. The result is a well-balanced wine, with a good texture and imaginative nature.

The house in La Valle is the place where my mum was born, stage of multiple countryside traditions and culture tales which have always fascinated me since when, as a child, I used to ask grownups why things are the way they are.

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LE VENE

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IGP MARCHE ROSSO

Our single-variety Lacrima is collected from our vineyards as last, around the end of October, and refined in steel tanks for 16 months. Very few bottles are produced each year for an every-occasion suitable wine. Strongly expressing our terroir, it develops spicy and floral scents thus giving rise to a joyful and enjoyable drinking.

Le Vene is the name of the fields at the bottom of the San Pietro valley, just behind the town of Esanatoglia.
Here, the Esino river begins its long run to the sea and, between its bends, shaded grasslands with river vegetation open up.
Many years ago, during summer, I was walking with my dad along the fields of Le Vene. We noticed, almost at hand's reach, on the other side of the river, a blackberry bush loaded with big ripe berries. The idea was to lean toward it, held by my dad, to reach them. I managed to pick just four or five when we lost balance and fell one on the other in the riverbed. I remember that soaked, under the grim look of my mum and covered with makeshift towels, we laughed all the way home.

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CASE QUAGNA

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IGP MARCHE ROSSO

Case Quagna is our single-variety Pinot Noir. Grapes are finely selected in the vineyard and vinified right away in our cellar at controlled temperature. After fermenting, they rest on their skin for a week before being transfered in small oak barrels where they refine on their yeasts for 16 months with weekly batonnages. The result is an elegant, lingering wine with spicy, small fruits and marasca cherry scents. In the palate, you can taste the mineral richness of our terroir, with a soft attack and a flavorous, mildly rich finish. A ready-to-drink wine, but also interesting to be aged. Particularly thrilling when paired with roasted fish, doesn't go well with tomato.


Case Quagna is another rural area in the valley of San Pietro. Here, another branch of our ancestors used to live, dedicated to breeding livestock and taking care of the maquis. The big farmhouse is just a bunch of rubbles now, but the large drinking trough is still intact, and a pleasant spot to be, especially during those hot summer days, surrounded by the sound of wind and lapping water.

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MARCO PUCA

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The labels for our wines are the result of the superb work of Marco Puca, good friend and surprisingly sensitive artist.
And I must say, in his words, it has been "a brilliant partnership".

Marco Puca's black liquid backgrounds evoque relics, travel notes, pieces of vines to the side, bar signs, emblems, visual textures jotted down with cruel innocence or great surreal and poetical depth. The white of the canvas, or, in this case, of the paper, is also the time of solitude and fleeing from the undistinguishable, as found in a few of Marco Puca's inspirations: Osvaldo Licini, Gino De Dominicis and (art is always contemporary to itself) Lorenzo Lotto, isolated and tormented artist, on which Puca based his graduation dissertation.

Marco Puca's (Ancona, 1973) visual frames feed upon and develop from a historical reflection on recent earthquakes in Italy. In this complex representation of his, distant faces and bodies swallowed in the abyss and never given back to life appear ephimeral and elusive. Landscapes become places to mourn. In Puca's black and white watercolours, cracks become screams in which you can see the anxious spaces and paces of the earth which shakes and swarms with life inside, but on the surface it's a black omen for the gloomy change. As a new and symbolic earthquake map, the line and the colour, features of these paintings, seem always moving, never still, always expanding and evolving. At the same time, you can hear the roar, the overwhelming disaster which also harbingers, in its hand-written wings, a burst of rebirth in the endless cycle of life and death.

But against the earthquake, in real life, escape has no wings.

"The silent insability - notes the artist - is the key to my work. That moment before the traumatising event, which shakes the earth and in the blink of an eye devastates it and, in people, the depression that eats you inside and crashes. Our time is marked by instability, by sudden and violent events that force you to reconsider everything, your life, your goals. However, in watercolours, where a watchful, careful, open and solution-seeking eye camps, there is also a note of positivity and courage, that courage which we are lacking today".

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