Il Pollenza

Marche, Italy

Il Pollenza is a magnificent estate located in the countryside of Tolentino, in the Marche region, which is characterized by rolling hills, farms, vineyards and wheat fields. The winery is an authentic Bordeaux-style château surrounded by perfectly poised vineyards accompanied by a park with precise geometrical lines. The villa is a residence that was built according to plans that were drawn up by famous Italian architect Sangallo in the 1500s.

Drawing further inspiration from the Bordeaux region, Count Brachetti Peretti decided to plant mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot for his wines. The estate extends over 230 hectares, 70 of which are turned over to vineyards, lying at an altitude that varies from 110 to 150 meters above sea level. The average plant density is about 6,000 plants per hectare, cultivated using the horizontal espalier system, spurred cordon pruning for the reds and guyot pruning for the whites. The terrain is of alluvial origin with medium to deep soil, tending towards a clay consistency in some parts, while gravelly in others.

After very heavy snowfall in 1986 that destroyed all the vines, the estate decided it was necessary to plant entirely new vineyards. Therefore, most of the vines date back to 1989. A deep analysis of the soil during this replanting period led to the choice of bringing in noble international grape varieties, such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, to accompany the indigenous Maceratino, Montepulciano, Trebbiano and Sangiovese.

Count Aldo Brachetti Peretti created the Il Pollenza winery in memory of his parents and family that had lived in this area in the past. Before fouding Il Pollenza, Peretti had a background in the oil and energy industries. Upon venturing into the wine industry, this enabled him to choose some highly- esteemed and celebrated winemakers as collaborators. Giacomo Tachis, a world-renowned winemaker, was largely responsible for turning Il Pollenza into a modern winery. Tachis offered his advice for years because of the friendship and respect he had for Count Brachetti Peretti. In the beginning of 2007, Tachis handed over leadership of the winemaking to another distinguished Italian winemaker, Carlo Ferrini.

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