Oasi degli Angeli
Oasi degli Angeli comprises 160 acres where Marco Casolanetti and Eleanora Rossi cultivate wheat, fruit, livestock and olives, along with vineyards from which they make a little wine with a cult following. Rossi’s family had owned land in the Marche for centuries, but in the early 1990s, her parents said they were contemplating selling out. The young couple decided they would move to the country and take over. Casolanetti and Rossi wanted to make wine the way her family had on the farm for years. They talked with old contadini and learned the methods of cultivation and vinification that had guided farmers since the 1900s.
They are the first generation to focus the property on their old-vine Montepulciano and Bordõ (the local Grenache). They use remarkably high planting density and his vines produce very low yields per plant. This gives his wines incredible focus and purity. The well-draining vines alluvial soil, the air from the nearby Adriatic, full of sea-spray and odium (at barely 2 meters above sea level) makes the fruit disease-resistant, healthy, and concentrated. In the cellar, only the best (untreated) Grenier new French oak is used, no sulfites until bottling, and ample time in bottle before release, creating some of the most exciting and elegant wines to come from the Marche. From their first release in 1997, Oasi degli Angeli has received the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award by the Gambero Rosso in their ultimate Italian Wine Guide.