Col di Corte
The winery Col di Corte is based in Montecarotto. With its pristine vineyards, the view from the winery represents some of the greenest rolling hills in all of Italy, with mostly northern facing exposure that keeps their hillsides cool and fresh. Their 14 hectares are spread out around the hills, with vines ranging from 10 to 50 years old and growing between 200-300 meters. The zone of Montecarotto is about 21 km from the Adriatic, just about at the northern limit for proper Montepulciano production. Other vineyards are also located in this immediate area, along with some grain farms and olive groves. There is a bit sparser concentration of vineyards in this part of Le Marche, allowing Giacomo to be somewhat more selective in terms of where exactly he has his vineyard sites.
They are part of the Verdicchio deI Castellii di Jesi DOC, and are located just north of the Esino River, where they choose the local Esino denomination for some of their reds. The vines are trained in double guyot, traditional of the area that allows for bigger plants and more leaves to catch more sunlight and help with ripening.
Yields tend to be much smaller with this type of training, allowing for higher quality grapes. Col di Corte uses biological and organic approaches for farming since 2012. Since the start of the season in 2016 they have also started to use Biodynamic preparations. They are located in the Marche region on the northern shore of the river Esino, where territorial and climatic conditions create their wines’ particular features. Col di Corte takes pride in maintaining these features and passing them on to those who drink them.