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Ciu Ciu 'Merlettaie’ Pecorino

Certified organic, hand harvest, cold maceration of whole bunches in stainless steel under CO2 for 5–7 days. Gentle pressing and naturally decanted into 15–25hl botti where it ferments naturally. Aged on lees for 5–6 months. Minimal SO2. Merlettaie is the name of elderly women of the town of Offida that make lace. The name is therefore an homage to this local artisan tradition.

The estate is comprised of 150 hectares of organically farmed vines in the heart of the Piceno Hills in the Marche, just a few kilometers from the splendid medieval town of Offida. The Ciù Ciù farm was founded by Natalino and Anna Maria Bartolomei in 1970. Today, their sons, Massimiliano and Walter are carrying on the tradition of their parents with unparalleled passion and enthusiasm. The Bartolomei family is committed to tradition and hold the conviction that wine should be the most authentic expression of the land. As such, all practices demonstrate the utmost respect for the natural wine-growing ecosystem and the estate is certified organic since the early 1990’s.

Winemaker: Massimiliano Bartolomei
Country: Italy
Region: Marche
Type: White
Variety: Pecorino
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted around 1995
Production: 80,000 bottles
Soil: Clay based with local Faleria stone bedrock