Pievalta takes its name from the small pieve, or rural church that is posted at the entrance of the property. It extends about 39 hectares distributed over three vineyards on opposite slopes of the Esino Valley.
The hills of Castelli di Jesi were formed in the remote ages of the Adriatic Sea, more than 5 million years ago.
Maiolati Spontini, on the left bank of the Esino, in Monteschiavo, sits the winery and 24 hectares of land on calcareous clay soil. Ten parcels, managed individually to best express the particularity of each microzone.
The wines of these vineyards are characterized by great minerality and fruity freshness.
Year of planting and surface area
- Pieve: 2008 – 1,4 ha
- Chiesa del Pozzo: 1965 – 5,31 ha
- Orfeo: 2007 – 1,6 ha
- Veranda: 2009 – 3,5 ha
- Campo del Noce: 2009 – 1,5 ha
- Lago: 1970 – 0,5 ha
- Costa del Togno: 1970 – 1,45 ha
- Fosso del Lupo nord: 1970 – 2,42 ha
- Fosso del Lupo centro: 1970 – 2,09 ha
- Fosso del Lupo sud: 1970 – 1,27 ha
Left bank of Esino
Calcareus clay soil
10 parcels, small lake and cellar
In Montecarotto, in the district of Busche, on the left bank of Esino, 2 hectares of Verdicchio on sandstone and clay soil formed by landslide movement of Olocene.
The wines of this vineyard are characterized by richness and energy.
San Paolo di Jesi
San Paolo vineyard, in the right bank of Esino, is located in San Paolo di Jesi, in the district of Monte Follonica.
At a high altitude, well ventilated with steep slopes, it is a magical place, a center of energy on whose summit is found the remains of a Lombardian observation tower that bears witness to the
existence of Castrum Follonice in the Middle Ages.
The soil of this vineyard is characterized by marine sedimentary formation of alpine origin transported by sea currents on the Adriatic ridge 4 to 5 million years ago.
Calcareous siliceous sandstone, interlaced with more or less clayey and/or silty marl, deriving from the formation of Blue Clay, subappeninic deposits dating back to the Pliocene Epoch.
The wines from this vineyad are more austere, savory and of great energy.
In 2018 a new vineyard in Cupramantana is acquired.
Year of planting and surface area
- San Paolo Vecchie Vigne: 1992 – 3 ha
- San Paolo Bosco: 2009 – 2 ha
San Paolo di Jesi, Contrada Follonica
In vineyard organic and biodynamic farming
The vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically using legume cover crops between the rows and biodynamic preparations that facilitate the formation of fertile humus and bolster plant growth while respecting the terroir.
Despite the great challenges it poses from an operational standpoint, nearly all of the work carried out in the vineyards is done by hand, like bunch pruning, de-shooting, and disbudding.
The approach is aimed at achieving the highest level of quality within the context of a given vintage.
Techniques include: limited pruning, mine-sourced sulfur and copper applied in a maximum dosage of 3 kg per hectare per year (half of the maximum amount allowed in organic farming), no fertilizers or irrigation, picking times that vary from parcel to parcel and hand picking in small crates to ensure that the grape skins do not break.
In the cellar vegan certification
In the cellar, we attempt to preserve the work we’ve carried out in the vineyards.
We accompany the grapes as they are transformed into wine by making sure that our technical intervention is always one step behind the expression of the terroir and the grape variety.
We work by doing as little as possible, thus allowing the grape variety and terroir to express themselves.
It’s been many years since we used any animal additives in our wines, for example, and since 2009, our products have been vegan certified.