The Verdicchio di Matelica
Matelica is an Italian town in Macerata province, in Marche.
It arises over a rift called “Sinclinale Camerte” at the center of Alta Valle dell’Esino, the only Marche’s valley which goes through North and South and doesn’t meet the Adriatic Sea.
Matelica is surrounded by the Monte San Vicino’s mountains eastern and western by the Appennino Umbro-Marchigiano.
The Matelica parallel position to the sea gives the town a continental climate, which gradually release the heat.
This particular climate feature makes the Verdicchio di Matelica’s terroir a unique source of organoleptic skills which makes this white wine really unique.
Verdicchio di Matelica is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine produced in Marche in the towns of Matelica, Esanatoglia, Gagliole, Castelraimondo, Camerino, Pioraco in Macerata’s province and in Cerreto d’Esi, Fabriano Ancona’s province.
Type of wine
Verdicchio is a white variety vine. Indeed, Verdicchio di Matelica is a white wine with a pale straw yellow color that reflected greenish beams and a bright clarity.
Differences with other Verdicchio wines
Verdicchio is produced in Matelica and in Castello di Jesi with a rate 1:10.
The most important difference between the two Verdicchio is on the local climate and on the distance from the sea that have those two production areas.
Legally the Verdicchio harvest efficiency must not exceed thirteen tons. Hence the maximum efficiency on finished wine must not exceed the 70%.
In 2021 the Verdicchio efficiency in Matelica has been eight quintals per acre, excluding grapes with too acidity that has been left in vine after a strict manual selection.
Nel 2021, la resa del Verdicchio nel territorio di Matelica si è attestata mediamente intorno agli ottanta quintali per ettaro, al netto di grappoli troppo acidi che, dopo un’accurata selezione manuale necessaria per questo tipo di uve, sono stati lasciati in vigna.
The Verdicchio’s vine environment conditions must be coherent with the one that are in the traditional production areas, featured by continental climate and by all the characteristics who gives those wines their special particularities.
Harvesting and Ripeness
Verdicchio di Matelica’s harvest is influenced by the area’s climate features, that due to its coldness, slow down the grapes ripeness.
A perfect harvest should be done generally on the first days of October, which takes place between the end of September and October.
White wines are generally served at 8-10 degrees.
Verdicchio di Matelica should be respect this temperature, that gives it a good taste dynamic and an alcohol content that results gentle and round at the palate.
Verdicchio di Matelica is awesome for territorial pairings such as venison, poultry and truffles from the close Montefeltro.
It pairs chromatically and territorially to the saffron thanks to their pale-yellow color.
Verdicchio di Matelica matches also with fish recipes and seafood.
Verdicchio di Matelica unique features
Territorial and climate features that are common in Verdicchio’s vine areas gives to its terroir some special characteristics that makes this wine really appreciated and loved by people.
Some of them are a relevant alcoholic/sugary content and an high minerality.