Azienda Agricola Antonio Failoni

Staffolo | Le Marche

 

failoni_producerWinemaker Antonio Failoni is one of just three vine growers crafting wine in the Esino Rosso appellation, in the heart of Le Marche. Named after the river that runs through this region of verdant, rolling hills and ancient olive trees, this wine reveals the heartfelt connection between the land and this modest family estate.

While Antonio wasn’t born into a winemaking family, he knew early on that it was his true calling, inspired by the enticing aromas of fermenting grapes from a neighboring cantina when he was still young. He decided to realize his dream in Le Marche after a family holiday, seduced by the region’s peaceful landscape, healthy vineyards and ancient villages.

For some 25 years Antonio has purchased land, plot by plot, in and around the medieval village of Staffolo. Cared for organically, his 50 acres—10 acres of vines and 10 of 200-year-old olive trees, the rest wild countryside—benefit from a particular microclimate. Here the warming influence of the Adriatic Sea and the cool winds off the Umbrian Apennine Mountains combine to create an ideal balance for grape growing.

In addition to his Esino Rosso blend, Antonio crafts both a Rosso Piceno wine, partially aged in older Slavonian oak, and a pure, tank-made Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. His are character-rich wines that speak passionately and honestly about Le Marche’s inspiring landscape and its native flavors.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Estate vineyards sit at 1,200 feet above sea level on a series of rolling hills, and face south/southeast. Soils are mostly sandy, with veins of limestone. Antonio cares for both his vineyards and olive trees according to organic principles, but is not officially certified.

Grapes are harvested by hand. For the Verdicchio, grapes are pressed directly and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks. For the reds, grapes are destemmed, then fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank. The Rosso Piceno is aged in Slavonian cask and tank; the Esino Rosso is aged in French oak barrique and tank.

WHITE WINES

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico

Marche’s native white grape, Verdicchio has been cultivated here since at least the fourteenth century. With its light gold-green hue and sea-salty finish (a nod to the nearby Adriatic Sea), this is a refreshing, savory white tailor-made for fresh seafood.

 

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RED WINES

Rosso Piceno (Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Merlot)

This velvety yet lively red blend combines equal parts Montepulciano and Sangiovese with a touch of Merlot. Rosso Piceno is one of Le Marche’s more important appellations for red wines.

 

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Esino Rosso (Montepulciano, Sangiovese)

The rare Marche appellation, Esino Rosso, takes its name from the Esino river that flows through the region. It is typically a more elegant, fruity wine than Rosso Piceno wines, with bright cherry and spice notes.

 

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Established: 1990
Winemaker: Antonino Failoni
Region: Italia • Le Marche • Staffolo
Vineyard size: 50 acres

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