In 1999, Fontezoppa was founded in Civitanova Alta where the hills of the Marche Region rise to overlook the Adriatic Sea. The name 'Fontezoppa' refers to an ancient water source that once flowed where the rows of vines now grow. The property extends over 71 hectares, mostly planted to vine, and produces 350,000 bottles per year. The estate is divided between Civitanova Alta and the small and unique area of Serrapetrona, where the Azzurri Mountains help to create a distinct microclimate. The altitude and the extreme soil conditions enhance the quality of the limited quantity of grapes produced. 15 ha of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, Lacrima, Maceratino, Incrocio Bruni, and Pecorino are all planted around Civitanova Alta, where they can reap the benefits of a maritime climate. The slopes of the Azzurri Mountains are planted with 20 ha of Vernaccia Nera, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese
In 2002, the first Verdicchio, Vernaccia Nera, Sangiovese, Merlot, Lacrima, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano vineyards were planted in Civitanova Alta, followed by Maceratino, Incrocio Bruni, Pecorino and Passerina plantings. As a result of particularly careful tending, the wines produced in these vineyards are unique for their balance, personality and fruit forward notes. The winery employs sustainable practices and is in the process of converting to organic certification. by combining native grape varieties, ancient techniques and modern expertise, Fontezoppa is able to produce wines with strong personalities, that express and enhance the generosity of the land.