Luciano Landi

The understated champion of La Marche varietals.

Key Facts

  • Estate in in Belvedere Ostrense, just north of Jesi, overlooking the sea
  • Third-generation grower, producer
  • Deep experience in native varietals
  • Gained prominence for mastery of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba
  • Organic, sustainable farming
  • Wines include Lacrima, Verdicchio, Montepulciano

The Story

Lacrima di Morro is an ancient native varietal from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The storied history of Lacrima stretches back to the 1100s, when Holy Roman Emperor Federico Barba- rossa was a big fan of the varietal.

As Italy began to focus more on international exports in the 1970s and 1980s, Lacrima was on the brink of extinction. Luciano Landi took it upon himself to plant the native varietal on his family’s estate, and set out to make a world-class wine. The rest, as they say, is history. Lacrima is now seen as one of the most distinctive and delicious native varietals of Italy, and Landi is seen as the star producer, credited with bringing back the varietal into its full glory.

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Landi’s unique and recognizable style originates from its vineyards in Belvedere Ostrense, on the hills overlooking the sea at 250 meters above sea level, North of Jesi in the province of Ancona.

For centuries vines have thrived here, because of the many hours of sunshine, alternated by cool nights and sea breezes that mitigate the bad weather of the colder months. In addition to this ideal climate, the loose and limy soil is ideal for red berries vines.

The winery was founded in the fifties by Sergio Landi who owned 4 hectares of land cultivating Lac- rima di Morro d'Alba and other varietals.

Today his grandson Luciano manages the estate, which covers a territory of 20 hectares, of which 16 hectares with vines.

After the new cantina, built in 1994 for the produc- tion of wine, an underground cellar was created for the 'l'elevage' of wines in vintage wood and then ageing in the bottle. The whole production process is managed with great attention in order to best enhance the potential of each grape of each harvest and to give our wines character traits of style and quality.