The Bucci family has been growing grapes in the Marche since the 1700s. Current custodian, Ampelio Bucci has 31 hectares of vineyard on this 400 hectare estate, which is cultivated organically. Consultant winemaker at Villa Bucci is the legendary enologist Giorgio Grai, who has been there for nearly 30 years. He makes wines for ageing and complexity rather than freshness and simplicity.
The estate comprises 400 ha in the western part of the Marche region of which 25 ha are planted to Verdicchio. The fruit for this wine comes from six vineyards, each with a different exposure and elevation, which contribute to greater complexity in the final blend. Soils are mainly calcareous (limestone), lending minerality to the wine, with around 30% clay which retains moisture during the hot summers. Yields are kept low a while the average age of the vines is 35 years.
Easily the most famous and arguably the finest Verdicchio producer, Ampelio Bucci is a great ambassador for the area that makes some of Italy’s best and most ageworthy white wines. Verdicchio is the only native grape that give excellent wines in all major style categories – sparkling, dry and sweet. But the truly world-class wines from Verdicchio are the dry versions. Layered bouquet seduces with notes of mimosa, bitter almonds, fennel and ripe Golden Delicious apples.