The History

1.000 years of History

The history of Count Saladini Pilastri dates back to the year 1000; a noble family from Ascoli Piceno that boasts of a rich and fascinating past whose ancestors were priests and leaders.

The deep antique roots of the family are a heredity for the present; it is a heredity of long lives of tradition over the centuries of history.

The vineyard activity has always coincided with the value and culture of the land from which it belongs.

Count Saladini Pilastri’s farm began three centuries ago; the land has always produced wine. Originally the tenant farmers gave up their wine to the Counts so they could age it in the so called “barriques”, the famous durmast barrel.

From the 1970’s new vines were planted; the present canteen was constructed beside the old one so that all the production could be kept in the same place.

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The Saladini Pilastri winery binds the knowledge of an antique tradition with the guarantee of advanced technology. It is a matter of fact the vines born on this small hanker chief of Marche land are exported to America, Europe and Asia and they are appreciated by the most sophisticated tastes.

The flavour of this wine unites the perfumes and colours of its land; the care with which it is produced and the knowledge of an antique art.

The Territory

Spinetoli

Saladini Pilastri Villa is found two kilometres from Spinetoli, a sweet medieval town whose origins date back to the 5th century B.C.; its name derives from a hill called “Spineola” because it was covered with rose thorns.

The ancient castle which characterizes this town seems to have been constructed in the 13th century and it faces the Tronto river, dominating one of the many hill that characterizes the country side.

These gently-rolling hills slowly go down to the Adriatic sea and it is exactly on one of these hills that Villa Saladini Pilastri is found.

The splendid country-house from the 1400’s surrounded by 320 hectares makes the farm astonishing. The exceptional climatic influx from the sea which is only 8 kilometres away, is a fundamental component of the generous land which, thanks to the natural geological shape, offers an important olive tree and vineyard production.

The Vineyards
Rolling and sunny limestone hills

The limestone hills of Spinetoli and the rolling and sunny hills of Monte Prandone and Porto d’Ascoli, where the actual 320 hectares of Saladini Pilastri’s winery extend creates wines of a very high quality standard.

The annual wine production is ground 1400 hectolitres of which 55 to 60% is white. Half of the wine is bottled; a strict selection of grapes is carried out; later a selection of wines that deserve to be bottled is made.

There have been recent investments in equipment, barrels and tanks of 500 litres for the processing and aging of the important red wines.

The updating of the machinery for making the wine establishes another element of distinction. The natural cultivation of all the wines is fundamental; it is done without artificial fertilizers or pesticides. The most common vine diseases are fought with the use of natural products like sulphur, copper and useful insects, which creates fewer but better quality grapes.

All this together with being the first to take the initiative of planting Fiano and Aglianico vines gives the Saladini Pilastri wines a unique and distinct personality which makes the winery a well-known brand. Another element of distinction is the choice of using natural cultivation for all the wines.

This is possible thanks to the elimination of all chemicals and by the use of agricultural practices that help the plants defend themselves against parasites.

The Vinery

Work and passion of Saladini Pilastri

The Saladini Pilastri canteen is the heart of a splendid mansion from the 1400’s.

It is, in fact, situated under the antique colonnade in the back part of the Saladini Pilastri.

The work and passion of Saladini Pilastri takes shape thanks to the careful selection of grapes and the great care taken during the various stages of creating these precious wines.

The refining of the best cru takes place in prestigious “barriques” and in the so called “tonneaux” made out of durmast which hols the wine in a climate controlled environment.

Olive Grove

Regular rows of olive trees

Saladini Pilastri, a well-known company in the wine industry, has proved its expertise and reliability even in the olive-oil production field and has advanced to a level of excellence in the Piceno area and Marche region.

The company’s olive grove, which covers an area of 16 hectares at a height of 200 meters, in the Monteprandone and Spinetoli countryside, is planted with 4200 olive trees grown in containers according to the conventional method.

Olive harvest takes place early in the season, when veraison occurs, in mid or late October. The olives are picked by hand or with the help of facilitating equipment and pressed within the day in a modern oil mill to ensure the olive oil’s high quality and preserve its organoleptic properties.

Organic Produce

A choice respectful of the territory

Saladini Pilastri company has been following the rules of sustainable, low-impact organic farming, which preserves the produce’s high-quality standard, since 1994. It has always been attentive to the evolution of consumption as no longer based on social status but on “lifestyles” and, thus, to health and environmental protection issues. Organic farming is a production method that ensures high-quality products and the protection of natural resources, the environment, the ecosystem and the health of people, animals and plants.

All farming activities are centered on the soil and its fertility. The organic farming method is based on prevention and excludes the use of chemical or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) products.

The company relies on a sustainable and low-impact farming method.

Sustainable as it refers to a broader definition of sustainability in social, environmental and economic terms applied to organic agriculture, while low-impact not only excludes the use of chemical substances but involves also the reintroduction and preservation of physical, chemical, biological fertility, of biodiversity and of the various forms of life that can be found in a field. If we want to produce in an “organic” way, the winegrowing ecosystem must be as well-balanced as possible.

The use of the organic farming method makes our company’s commitment to environmental protection known to consumers and, along with our certifications, is one of the company’s marketing strengths on national and international markets.

Organic farming is governed by European Council Regulation 2092/91 and by subsequent supplements which regulate farming and processing methods and the import from third countries.

Saladini Pilastri complies with a strict international control system conducted by IMC (Mediterranean Institute of Certification). IMC is authorized to issue organic farming certifications on the European, American, Japanese and Canadian markets by the single countries’ legal authorities. Organic farming certifications issued by IMC are fully compliant with international ISO65 standards (Sincert Accreditation) and international IFOAM standards (IOAS Accreditation).