- Province of origin: Jesi, Marche
- Year established: 1978
- Owning family: Pieralisi
- Winemakers: Carli Ferrini & Simone Schiaffino
- Production: 950.000 Bottles
- 115 ha Hectares Under Vine
- Organic viticulture certified from the 2018 vintage
The jewel in the crown of Marche on Italy’s central east coast is the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi region, inland from Ancona.
The ‘classico’ Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is restricted to a zone with the town of Jesi at its center.
Monte Schiavo, established in 1978, is situated in Maiolati Spontini, near Ancona, in the heart of this traditional region. While producing both red and white wines, it’s Monte Schiavo’s signature Verdicchios for which they are best known, with four single-estate Verdicchio wines.
From the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico upwards through their range, Monte Schiavo produce crisp, dry white wines that are fragrant and minerally with tight acidity.
Again the strength of the 2015 and 2016 vintages show through with this range and Monte Schiavo adds some great value for money wines to our portfolio.
The three Verdicchio are also prime examples of how Italian wine makers are generating complexity and mouthfeel without resorting to oak.
With Verdicchio, value is very important so a clean, crisp and dry Verdicchio at around $12 LUC [2015 Verdicchio Classico] is a great entry level wine. As you step up through the three white wines the increase in weight and intensity is distinctive, along with an increase in texture.
The two red wines are also excellent value and show the strength of Montepulciano as a variety that produces wines with depth and structure that are very drinkable on release.
Rosso Piceno [50% Sangiovese / 50% Montepulciano] is a very complete wine fermented in large oak casks, with Montepulciano both softening this wine and adding interest.
Rosso Conero [100% Montepulciano] sees both small oak and large Bottes used. It’s ready to drink now [as a four year old red] but will continue to improve over the next 2-3 years.