On the opposite coast to Tuscany is the less well known, but no less beautiful, region of La Marche. This is where the family run winery of Zaccagnini is based, established by two brothers, in the small town of Staffolo. Their SalmÃ gina vineyards are around 500 metres above sea level with soils rich in saline which when combined with the research work that the brothers have undertaken over recent years allows them to obtain high quality and distinctive wines from this land. No more so than their range of Verdicchios all of which are distinct in personality and of incredible quality and texture.
The Salmagina vineyards extend for 42 hectares in the municipality of Staffolo, in Ancona, at around 500 metres above the sea level. The climate and the soils, (rich of saline) combined with the work of the Zaccagnini family, allowed to obtain high quality and distinctive wines. 25ha are classified as Verdicchio Doc "Classico", whilst 5ha is classified as IGT for experimental grapes such as Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Cabernet. They also farm around 17ha of Olive groves most of which is, Organically cultivated.
Manual harvest from the last week in September with several tries. Soft pressing of whole grapes. 3 to 4 week low temperature fermentation. Refined on the lees.
The light over-ripening of the grapes and the lees contact give Salmagina' its fine structure, elegance and ageing potential. A single-vineyard Verdicchio that astonishes for the perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation. Intense straw yellow with greenish hues. Elegant acacia and field flower aromas. Gentle, soft and intense on the palate with a long finish.
This wine is particularly good with shellfish (mussels,oyster, date shells) fish, seafood, lobster, seafood risotto and with meats (chicken/rabbit).