The agricultural farm Madonnabruna cultivates its vineyards in the sweet hills around Fermo, behind the Adriatic sea, in the Region Marche, at an altitude between 100 and 300 metres from the sea level. The sea breezes that caress the vineyards, the mild climate and the fertile grounds make our hills the ideal place for the cultivation of the grapevine.
Our vineyards, more than 140.000 mq, are raised with the technique of the Cordone speronato and the limited production is due to careful reduction of the buds and fruits.
During the pruning, buds are strongly reduced, allowing the control of the production and permitting an excellent ripening of the grapes. All the field of the farm are cultivated following production methods for low environmental impact.
In our farm we cultivate vines of the varieties Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Pecorino e Passerina that are the history of this territory enology. In our very new wine cellar we transform grapes exclusively of our production. The process of creation of the wines is achieved according to the most modern techniques, with all the recent technologies and using the low temperature in several moment of the process. Moreover, we very carefully follow the phases of the maturation of the wines that, for red wines, takes place in small oak barrels in a special cellar, at constant and controlled temperature.
From this commitment our red wines are: "Moresco" is a reserve, mainly produced with grapes Montepulciano and Sangiovese, matured in small barrels for at least 18 months; "Portese" a red wine produced with grapes Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, "Cugnolo" a DOC wine produced essentially with Montepulciano, Sangiovese and small additions of Merlot.
The with wines are: “Rivafiorita” an IGT with Passerina 80% and Pecorino 20% grapes, “Maree” 100% Pecorino, and "Fiorigialli" an IGT wine produced with grapes Passerina 100%.
Madonnabruna: story of three generations
The Madonnabruna company was born, evolved and continues to grow as a family business, handed down from generation to generation. His story is the one of a small business, the common thread that binds a father and a son and a man to his land. To identify its origins we must go back to 1967, when my grandfather, Ferruccio Petracci, buys land on the hills of the Fermo, near the sea. Unfortunately, only a few years later, in 1978, he was the victim of a car accident and left my father Paolo with the legacy of this investment. Animated by a great passion and just enrolled at the Agrarian university, Paolo divided between work and study, managing to graduate and, in the meantime, planting 20 hectares of orchard. At first, in fact, he devoted himself to the production and sale of fruit, but his dream was to realize the project of his father: build a cellar and enter the wine business. After saving a bit of savings, he began to transform the estate planting vineyards and buying some of the neighboring ones. In 2000 the work to build the cellar started and finally in 2002 the first batch of Montepulciano, the most widespread red grape in the Fermo area, was harvested. Since then, the company has been growing steadily, born of a passion and tenacity of an entrepreneur who started from scratch. Paolo's dream is to leave to his three children, still children when he started his adventure as a wine producer, something to believe in and that they can feel as their own. An activity in which they could put their hopes and, if they wanted, their skills. That happened. Me, Carlo, the first child, after I have finished the high school, moved to Milan to study oenology. I graduated brilliantly and returned to the cellar experiencemy technical knowledge becoming my Father's right hand man. The first decision I took was, among other things, to formally enter the conversion to organic farming.
Estate objectives and philosophy
We at Madonnabruna have always had a great respect and care of the ecosystem that surrounds us. We can say that we cultivate also the invisible. This is because only by naturally maintaining a great balance in the soil, with all its microorganisms, we can have healthy vines able to produce the high quality level grapes that we want. To make an excellent wine it is necessary that the grape is able to ‘read’ a territory and ‘transfer’ its aspects and its main characteristics inside the glass. Our cultivation approach has always been with a very low environmental impact. Starting from 2003 the Marche Region has certified the use of the low impact cultivation method at the estate. In more recent years it has been converted to organic farming. From this commitment our wines are born, expressing the flavor brought by the sea breeze, the acidity of the clay soils and the color of the sun. The choice of the grape varieties was obviously focused on local varieties such as the fresh Passerina, the sapid Pecorino and the powerful Montepulciano. The tasting of our wines is then a sensory journey that recalls back to the senses, through the glass content, the peculiarities and characteristics of our region