Le Marche, Italy
‘Terre Silvate’ is La Distesa’s signature cuvee. An energetic and elegant Verdicchio, ready to elevate your everyday meal. Made for pleasure!
Whats the Occasion
Truite amandine, Spinach and Goat cheese, Quiche, Green salads
Open and drink
6° - 8°C
Up to 2 years
When you smell Terre Silvate, the wine brings forward simple yet fresh notes of lemon, lime and green apple with a mineral undertone. As you dig deeper you will notice discreet aromas of green almonds and white flowers.
When you taste Terre Silvate, on the palate the vibrant acidity is hard to miss. When paired however, with the textural complexity of light skin contact and ‘sur lies’ maturation, you truly realise the greatness of this nominally simple wine.
Le Marche, Italy
Terre Silvate comes from an extraordinarily beautiful place: Le Marche, a strip of gentle hills and sweeping coastlines located in Eastern Italy. Le Marche’s clear blue waters and white sandy beaches attract tourists in droves, but for winemakers, the most interesting areas lie further inland. Sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines, the region’s terroir consists of a series of sedimentary rock formations of marine origin, dating back 20 million years. The diversity of the soils created by millenia of tectonic movements, along with climate variations, has given rise to numerous appellations in the region.
The ideal spot for Verdicchio
The estate of La Distesa makes up 8.5 hectares of vineyards, some of them sitting up to 505 metres above sea level, mostly planted with the region’s beloved Verdicchio (“little green one”) grapes. The limestone, clay, and calcareous soils are influenced not only by the Adriatic sea, but by the Cesano and Esino rivers. The windy climate means the vines grow strong here, and the aromatic complexity of the Verdicchio grapes is nourished to perfection by the strength and hardiness of the vines. La Distesa also grows Montepulciano, Sangiovese, and Trebbiano grapes. The estate is hugely biodiverse, with fava beans, wild mint, tulips, peas, alfalfa and more growing between the rows of vines.
A natural technique
No chemical products are used on the estate - instead, the vines are fertilised once or twice a year with a homemade biodynamic solution naturally created from the plants on the farm. Each row of grapes is followed carefully, to ensure the harvest happens at the ideal moment. Once harvested, the grapes are fermented with native yeasts and aged in concrete vats, with 20% of the wines being macerated in their skins for a few days to add a touch of depth.
The Brains Behind It
The story of a family
Corrado Dottori is very much at home in his San Michele vineyard - which is normal, the plot has belonged to his family for three generations. The Dottori family has long believed in natural, biological wine-producing methods. Corrado believes above all else in the authenticity of his grapes: by treating them naturally, with care, he allows them to express themselves to the full extent of their personalities. His story was featured in the 2014 documentary, Natural Resistance.