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THE VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI

Only Verdicchio and only from our vineyards.
Our slogan from the 1970s read "Castelfiora is Verdicchio", identifying our winery with the grape variety.

The link between the Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio is such that speaking of one automatically refers to the other. Only in the Castelli di Jesi - and nowhere else - Verdicchio expresses itself with unparalleled complexity, elegance and overall excellence. We view the Verdicchio grape variety as synonymous with territory: one of the best native white grapes of Italy is from the Marche.
References to Verdicchio in the Marche can be traced back not only to botanical treatises such as Costanzo Felici’s from 1569, but also to notarial deeds of vineyards donated to religious orders in the area from the early Middle Ages.
A grape variety that only in the Castelli di Jesi can produce a wine that integrates opposites and dissolves oxymorons: immediate but complex, powerful but elegant, velvety but vibrant, fresh but capable of aging beautifully. Tombolini is Verdicchio.

THE TOMBOLINI AMPHORAS

If the Castelli di Jesi wine district is Verdicchio, Verdicchio is the amphora. Thanks to its iconic green dress, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi was one of the first global ambassadors of Italian wine.

All the major producers of the time adopted it to share in its immediate success, pushing it to become the distinctive image of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. And so it was for us too, as the first Tombolini amphora dates back to 1954.
In 1972 Giovanni Tombolini hired a well-known designer, Milan-based Architect Luigi Massoni, to develop a personalized amphora for the first Verdicchio from his new winery in Staffolo: the Castelfiora amphora.

The new Tombolini "100 years" amphora was born from both history and dedication to design in the 100th anniversary of our foundation, which coincides with the extraordinary Lauretan Jubilee. Our new amphora is our way of paying tribute to a family tradition, to an icon of the territory and to the history of Italian winemaking all at the same time.
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“100 YEARS” AMPHORA

Typical finish
of the amphora.
Not too
pronounced
to keep it slender
Long and lofty neck, like a Modigliani model
Green - distinctive, fresh and historic at the same time
Tall and with long shoulders, stolen from the Alsatian flute
Tapered, almost "aerodynamic"
Body of the original Castelfiora, to allow it
to rest flat
Thin waist enticing the hand to grab it
Steep heel ,ending clean and modern
Embossing and a hint of picura to embellish the bottom

TECHNIQUE

It all starts with the grapes, all from our own vineyards in Staffolo.

We manage the soil’s movement and nutrition, leaf removal and harvest timing based on the characteristics of each individual vineyard parcel. We aim for yields well below the DOC specification level. The manual harvest makes for a careful selection of the grapes in order to bring them intact to the winery, strategically positioned right in the midst of our vineyards.
During fermentation, we’ve regained contact with the skins and berries. Starting from steel vats, we decide on a specific path for each wine through an innovative combination of vessels: from concrete to ceramic and oak, to then perfect the wines on fine lees and through batonnage. Each wine goes through a personalized process during which it meets oxygen, touches different materials and porosities but, above all, dictates its own pauses and development.
Our craftsmanship is aimed at making wines of great identity, depth and longevity, but also of instant pleasantness.

SUSTAINABILITY

The Marche boast some of the most beautiful countryside landscapes in Italy. An envoy from the Republic of Venice in 1550 reported that "the peasants of this State are as jealous of their honour as gentlemen usually are in other provinces”

We believe that preserving the health of the soil is essential to produce the best Verdicchio. Since our grandparents came from a rural tradition and studied as agronomists - they accustomed us to grow up with a deep love for nature. We feel custodians of this land and we want to pass it on intact to the next generation.
We believe in a non-invasive and light viticulture. Since 2011 the company follows sustainable agriculture practices. Today 8 hectares of vineyard are certified for organic farming and all the others are being converted.

Our vineyards are immersed in a natural oasis, bordered by the Musone river and our small lake downstream, with a forest between the vineyards and the nearby Apennines, ensuring maximum biodiversity.

Our vineyards are not noticeably impacted by climate change, thanks to the altitude and the abundance of water under our hills. This is the same water that Saint Francis directed from a miraculous source adjacent to our homonymous vineyard in 1210.

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