Here, we set down our roots
Morro d’Alba, In the province of Ancona, in the Marches, lies ten Kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. Here, the climate can be harsh. Humidity emphasis the conditions with excessive heat in the summer and heavy snowfall in the winter. The area is marked by the undulating hills which roll down towards the sea. The soil are fertile, generous and as pliable as the clay they are made of. The area’s indigenous grapes varieties. Lacrima and Verdicchio grapes, prospers here. This is where the Lucchetti family put down its roots.
“The Life as a farmer that I have constructed is ancore on the family that surrounds me. it was my father, Armando, who taught me that, without a family, a man who works the land will find it hard to have great results. it was from my father’s roots that I built my own, planted on a solid base. This is what I have taught my sons and what they in turn teach their children”. Mario Lucchetti
My father Armando was a tenant farmer and above all, an expert at grafting. An old man in the village had taught him this skill which had been passed down for generation. At that time, it really was an art, trees were grow from fruit and mulberries and in March and April vines were also grafted. Everyone called upon him when they needed his services. There was something to be learnt from my father. Ninety percent of the lacrima vines planted were grow by him. He was very skilled and precise in his work and his passion for working the land also continued in the cellar. “My world is here” he said, “whit this family, with this land and surrounded by smells of the winery”.
My father was very comitted to his work, firstly as a tenant farmer and then as an expert grafter and farmer of this indigenous grape variety. He made a selection of the vines and planted them sparingly to obtain very high quality grapes. Stubborn, passionate and always attentive he worked scrupulously with his vines. This is the spirit i have tried to pass down to my sons and I hope that they are able to foster a passion for the wine-making profession in their children. I was able to pass this passion on to my son Paolo, the youngest of my sons, by stimulating him every day, every hour, by making him drive the tractor when he was younger and then by taking him into the vineyards with me to make him understand at a early age the thousands of nuances that influence this marvelous habitat.
My father treated me in the same way as I treated Paolo. In the 1950s we had a few vines around our home when I was a boy, he still planted a small amount of Lacrima vines and made wine in a small barrel. He bottled it himself and would pull it out saying that it was worth trying as such ab aromatic grape produced excellent wine. This passion for the Lacrima grape grew with each harvest. This was a time when the family would come together and really experience the countryside, the vines and the land.
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba
In 1167 during the siege of Ancona, Federico Barbarossa who lived in the castle of Morro d’Alba draw wine made of Lacrima grapes. The Lacrima of Morro d’albans an ancient indigenous variety of the Marche region. It is grow in only a handful of villages on the hills of Ancona in the area of Morro d’Alba. The vine prefers hilly areas with clayey and sandy soils which are rich in minerals, very permeable and deep. Lacrima needs a great amount of sunlight and ventilation. It is a black grape variety which gives good, consistent yields. When the grape are mature they sweat droplets of juice which resemble tears hence the name “lacrima” which means “tear” in Italian.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
The Name “Verdicchio” come from the very particular color of the grapes which remain green , even when ripe. Verdicchio is a white grapes variety, indigenous to the Marches and almost exclusively produced in this region especially around the area, the variety gives its best and is used to make fresh, easy-drinking wines as well as full-bodied wines which may be aged for many years.