Owner: Giorgio Santini.
Motto: ‘Finest winery in Arcevia, Le Marche, Italy’.
The name: The estate takes its name from fragments of an ancient wine pitcher (‘brocca’) which was black (‘nera’) in colour found when excavations for the winery were taking place. The winery building has large windows overlooking the valley. It lies at 350 metres above sea level, on the hills at the foot of Arcevia.
Vineyards: 4 hectares. In the western part of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC zone, near the Apennines. North-east facing. Clay-sand.
Organic certification: 2011 First vintage with full organic certification.
Winery: The cellar is 7m underground.
Winemaking: Whites are hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Settled. Fermented in stainless steel. Red grapes go via gravity to wooden vats for fermentation. They age in stainless steel, barrels or tonneaux depending on the year. Giorgio designed and made his own disgorging and labelling machines.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Brut: 100% Verdicchio from Montale di Arcevia. Soft pressing of whole bunches in absence of oxygen. Fermented in stainless steel. 4 months on fine lees. Bottled. Prise de mousse 45 months sur-lies. Disgorged. 1.5 g7l residual sugar. 2,500 bottles.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Extra Brut: 100% Verdicchio (I think this is the one with 66 months on lees). 8,000 bottles.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, Cantaro: The first wine released by the estate. 100% Verdicchio. Stainless steel.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOCG, Zirro: 100% Verdicchio from Montale di Arcevia. Soft pressing of whole bunches in absence of oxygen. Fermented in stainless steel. 24 months on fine lees in stainless steel. Bottled. Around 1,500 bottles.
Suprino: 100% Verdicchio. Stainless steel. Unoaked.
Vinificato in Anfora de Terre Cotte: Verdicchio fermented and aged in 330-litre amphora made by Terrecotte Giombi. | 2017 14% alc. Two thirds was picked early, the remaining third was picked late. 3 months on skins. Around 14% alc. Vibrant and salty when tasted at the estate in 2019.
Marche Rosso, Isco: 50% each Merlot and Syrah. Planted 2004 with advice from Luigi Versanti, a friend of Giorgio Santini who worked for Umani Ronchi.. Oak aged.
Olive oil: Orciòlo (sold in numbered bottles).
Cantina Broccanera di Giorgio Santini
Via Montale, 190/c al km 28 SP360 (Arceviese), Arcevia (AN – Ancona), Italy
Tel+39 0731 0175144