Fazi-Battaglia Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Massaccio 2005
Soon after their acquisition, the Angelinis invested their faith and resources in the construction of a brand new facility dedicated to making a sophisticated, still white wine. Up to this point, Verdicchio had been vinified in a spritzy, faintly sparkling style. In the process, Fazi-Battaglia effectively transformed Verdicchio into one of Italy's best selling, internationally most popular white wines.
In a further stroke of marketing ingenuity, Fazi-Battaglia launched its new-style Verdicchio in a distinctive and instantly recognizable amphora-style bottle. Designed by Milanese architect, Antonio Maiocchi, its shapely contours have also played their part in creating lasting recognition for the brand.
Stretching along Italy’s eastern coast with neighbors, Umbria to its west and Abruzzo to its south, Marche is a region with a varying climate from north to south. Its coastal plains roll into hills that become the Apennine Mountains, which run the length of the country. The Marche's best red wines come from the grapes, Montepulciano and Sangiovese; the local Verdicchio makes refreshing, crisp and light whites.
One of central Italy’s classic white grapes, Verdicchio thrives in two distinct zones of the Marche. The best vineyards of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi adorn hillsides a mere 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea. The vineyards of the smaller, more inland Verdicchio di Matelica, are at higher elevation. Somm Secret—Recent genetic discoveries have proven that the Verdicchio grape is identical to Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano di Lugana and Trebbiano Veltenesi.