The Castiglione Bisci estate is the Marche's finest expression of quality and style for red and white wines alike. This is a superbly situated property whose consistent success with Verdicchio, the region's most renowned wine, and Villa Castiglioni, the estate's outstanding proprietary red, make Bisci the Marche's most illustrious name in wine. In fact, its owners produce several wines of extraordinary quality. In order to produce such outstanding wines, draconian measures are taken by Bisci to assure the ultimate quality of every bottle: rigorous pruning to limit yields, strict selection of every cluster at harvest, the bottling of only free-run must, along with the steadfast refusal to bottle wine in poor vintages – a rarity in today's cash-flow-driven economy. And these are just a few of the measures that set this estate apart from the vast majority of commercial producers in the Marche.
The Marche is the picturesque viticultural region of Italy that lies between the Apennines and the Adriati, a green pastoral land that recalls the simple delights of Tuscany in times gone by. Here several excellent and increasingly well-known wines are produced: Verdicchio, Rosso Piceno, and Rosso Conero. However, the region's best-kept secret remains outstanding proprietary reds such as Bisci Villa Castiglioni. Moreover, Bisci is widely acknowledged to be the foremost producer of Verdicchio, the Marche's signature white wine.
Bisci is located in the heart of Matelica, a very small township couched in the hilly rural part of the central Marche. Yet, even in the Marche, Bisci's wines are fairly rare and difficult to find. Matelica is the real Marchs, a land of substance as well as charm, whose attributes are aptly reflected in the property's wines. All of Bisci's wines are handcrafted in tiny quantities and most are consumed locally.
In addition to producing outstanding Verdicchio di Matelica from the estate's vineyards, Bisci crafts small quantities of superb red wine. The estate's signature red, Villa Castiglioni, is a seductive blend of 70% Sangiovese (the famous Tuscan varietal which is also indigenous to the Marche) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is roughly the same blend or cepage as the great proprietary reds of Tuscany, known as Super Tuscans, who legally cannot claim to be Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, or any other well-known Tuscan red because of the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon. Villa Castiglioni proffers a heavenly bouquet and more than enough elegance and flavor to put to shame many of the neighboring so-called "Super Tuscans." And like its Tuscan counterparts, Villa Castiglioni must be labeled with a proprietary name and not that of an appellation. If Villa Castiglioni substituted the local Montepulciano grape for its portion of Cabernet Sauvignon, it would be entitled to the Marche's Rosso Piceno appellation. Such is the Byzantine intrigue and the confusing vagary of fine wine production in Italy. No matter, the wine is both beautiful and sensual.