On the opposite coast to Tuscany lies the
less well known, but no less beautiful, region of Marche. This is
where you will find the family run Zaccagnini winery, established
by two brothers.
Playing to their strengths, they have focused on the local grape
Verdicchio, and the results are spectacular. Their range of three
Verdicchios are as distinctive and individual as you could wish
for, with each wine having its own personality and textural
signature. All of them benchmark examples of this lesser known
region on the East coast.
The Salmàgina vineyards extend for 42 hectares in the
municipality of Staffolo, in Ancona, at around 500 metres above the
sea level. The climate and the soils, (rich of saline) combined
with the work of the Zaccagnini family, allow them to obtain high
quality and distinctive wines. 25ha of vines are classified as
Verdicchio Doc "Classico", whilst 5ha is classified as IGT for
experimental grapes such as Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, Chardonnay
and Cabernet. They also farm around 17ha of Olive groves most of
which is organically cultivated.