Tenuta di Tavignano is a family winery and vineyard in Cingoli in Macerata province in the Le Marche region of Italy. It was founded by Stefano Aymerich and Beatrice Lucangeli. Today Stefano is assisted by his niece Ondine de la Feld. The estate dates from the 1600s. White wines are made under the Offida DOCG, the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC, and the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva DOCG.
Owner: Societa Agricola Lucangeli Aymerich di Laconi.
Staff: Oenologist: Giulio Piazzini (+39 347 1286 837. email@example.com).
Vineyards: In Località Tavignano in Cingoli (Macerata province), west of Ancona, 20 miles from Adriatic sea. 300ha of land. 30 hectares of vines. Vineyard planting began in 1992. Started with Verdicchio (the main grape variety) of which there are 16ha. Apart from some Passerina the rest is dedicated to reds: Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Lacrima, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Terroir: The vines lie around the winery. 300 metres. Open landscape in all directions. Always windy. Esino and Musone valley = get sea winds.
Pruning: Espalier system, spurred cordon for Verdicchio.
Organic certification: 2018 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2021 Still organic.
Winemaking: Wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel. Only the Rosso Piceno sees any oak. Verdicchio sees no oak in order to avoid a ‘fat’ style.
Marche IGT Bianco Frizzante Il Pestifero: From 1.5ha. South-east facing slopes. Bottled with residual sugar 2nd fermentation in bottle for 2 months. Not disgorged. Unfiltered. | 2016 70% Verdicchio, 25% Malvasia, 5% Sangiovese.
Dosaggio Zero: 2015 Bottled.
Marche IGP Bianco Frizzante, Il Pestifero: From 1.5ha. Medium-height slopes with South-East exposure. 70% Verdicchio, 15% Malvasia, 15%, Sangiovese. Hand picked. Primary fermentation at controlled temperature. Bottling with residual sugar and natural 2nd fermentation in bottle for 2 months. No degorgement. Unfiltered.
Marche IGT Bianco La Vergine: From 1ha. South-east facing. Spontaneous ferment, no temperature control. On skins for one month.
La Birba: Pink sparkling wine made (it seems) with a single ferment in bottle. Bottled with 10g/l RS which then ferments to dryness. Unfiltered. Less than 3 atmospheres.
Orange wine: A skin contact white with 14 days on the skins. 6 months on yeast. Low levels of sulfites.
Offida DOCG, Pecorino: 100% Pecorino. Guyot pruned. 1ha. Piceno area. Bottled early. Unoaked.
Marche Bianco, Passerina: Passerina grape. Piceno area. Bottled early. Unoaked.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC, Costa Verde: From 6ha. Medium high slopes. East-facing. Unoaked. Quick to market.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC, Villa Torre: East-facing. 6ha. SW. Early release. No oak. Their biggest brand in terms of production (40,000 bottles). | 2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC. Nice tight style with plenty of flesh, peach and lemon in Fabriano 3rd Sept 2017 (Collisioni).
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC, Misco: 3ha Single vineyard called Misco, the Latin name for a local river. South-east (source: their factsheet) facing in the hills of Tavignano. Calcareous-clay. A ‘Selezione is made from the latest picked grapes in some years. Spurred cordon here, gives regular yields. Unoaked. Fermented in stainless steel. | 2008 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 14%. Lovely freshness and weight. Bees-wax, full-bodied on Sunday 04th September 2016 at the Palazzo Honorati-Carotti in Jesi. | 2015 14% alc. | 2017 100%. Hand picked. Temperature-controlled fermentation. 6 months in stainless steel on fine yeast. 13.5% alc. 0,9g/l residual sugar. | 2018 30,000 bottles.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOCG Riserva, Misco: Same origin as the wine above but the grapes are picked later than the ‘normale’ above. 12m on fine lees with no batonnage. | 2014 13.8% alc. No mention of oak aging on the estate’s factsheet for this vintage.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva DOCG, Tenuta di Tavignano: 2014 13.5%. 13.88% alcohol. Steel. Temperature control. 12m in steel. Nice zip, creaminess on Saturday 03rd September 2016 at the Palazzo Honorati-Carotti in Jesi. | 2015 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG Classico. Hand picked. 13.98% alcohol. No wood. Nice crisp soft lightly-spread honey with a touch of depth (older vines) & appealing chalkiness on Saturday 03rd September 2016 at the Palazzo Honorati-Carotti in Jesi. Nice depth, creamy yeasty flavours in Fabriano 3rd Sept 2017 (Collisioni).
Marche Rosato PGI: From 3ha. 80% Lacrima, 20% Sangiovese. Hand picked. Free run juice only. Unoaked..
Rosso Piceno DOC, Cervidoni: 3ha. Colli di Tavignano. S-E. Sandy and stony soils. 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese. Aged in Slavonian oak. 20,000 bottles.
Rosso Piceno DOC, Libenter: 6,000 bottles. 3ha. Light slopes, south-east facing. Sandy and rocky soil. 2015 70% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. MLF in stainless steel. 14m in oak. 15% alcohol.
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC, Barbarossa: From Lacrima grown in San Marcello (AN). 3ha. 250m. Clay. South. No oak.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Passito, Sante Lancerio: 100% Verdicchio. From 2ha. SW-facing.
Tenuta di Tavignano
Società Agricola Lucangeli e Aymerich di Laconi S.S.
Località Tavignano, 10
I-62011 Cingoli (MC), Italy
Tel+39 0733.617303 | www.tenutaditavignano.it/en
Directions • Leave the A14 Autostrada at Ancona Nord. Take the SS76 Ancona–Roma. Exit at Jesi Ovest. Follow signs to Cingoli. The estate is on the left-hand side after around 6km.