Towards the middle of December I visited this lovely winery in the Marche region that produces excellent classic Verdicchio wines as well as one that is very special, Balciana.
This was not the first time I had been there and so I already new how beautiful it was, with a splendid natural amphitheater that surrounds the winery. From its balcony you can see how the surrounding hills are covered with well-ordered vineyards, occasionally broke up by small clumps of forest. If the winter's day is warm and clear, as it was when I visited, the view is quite spectacular. At eye-level to the right, towards the south and at an altitude of about 300m, is the Balciana vineyard. In front, to the left and a little below, are the vineyards that produce the Classico and Tralivio wines. Sartarelli only grows Verdicchio grapes and the wines are made in the classic style, simple and rigorous, without any use of wood. [...]
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