Casalfarneto winery is nestled between the hills and medieval villages of the Marche region in central Italy. It was established in 1995 by Danilo Solustri. The name of the estate comes from a particular variety of oak tree which is found in the area and in many cases borders the vineyards. In 2005, a new state of the art winery was built into the hillside next to the Fontevecchia vineyard in conjunction with the Togni family. Passion and respect for the environment remains as their trademark. They blend traditional and innovative methods and technologies in the production of high quality wines such as Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche Rosso, and Lacrima di Morro d’ Alba.
Location of Vineyard
The estate is located in the heart of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, in the Serra dè Conti sub zone on the crest of a hill overlooking both the valley below and the Adriatic sea and also facing west towards the Appennine mountains. The vineyards are at an altitude ranging from 300 and 340 meters (1300 feet) above sea level.
The vineyards, together with the three ancient farmhouses, cover over 90 acres of land, of which 60 acres produce Verdicchio dei Castellidi Jesi wines and another 20 acres produce red wines from a combination of Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot grapes .
Casalfarneto estate also has a small vineyard down the valley located in the zone of Morro di Alba for production of Lacrima grapes. They are one of only about 20 producers currently making this unique wine.
100% of the vineyards follow a sustainable organic philosophy.
Danilo Solustri, in conjuction with consulting enologist Franco Bernabei, focus on traditional wine making methods while skillfully combining the most innovative technologies. For the last three years they have been awarded a Tre Bicchiere award from the Gambero Rosso for their top wine ‘Crisio’.
The highly recognizable label of the Casalfarneto ‘Fontevecchia’ Verdicchio is the artwork of Bruno d’Arcevia, a mannerist artist. Bruno d’Arcevia, originally Bruno Bruni, has maintained strong ties to the area throughout his career, abandoning his surname and substituting it with that of his birthplace, Arcevia, in the province of Ancona.