Verdicchio di Matelica is the lesser known of the two Verdicchio appellations. However, it has a long running history as a quality wine producing area. Among all of the producers of Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, the Cavalieri family is certainly one of the oldest and richest in history. The family estate consists of just 8 hectares of vines, with Verdicchio accounting for almost all their production but they also work with a small number of local red varietals. Their vineyards are cultivated following the principles of organic agriculture and have obtained certification from the 2014 vintage.
In 2006 the new generation took over, the winery is now run by Gabriele Benedetti. He has continued the family winemaking traditions and is incredibly passionate about the potential of Matelica wines. Gabriele lives with his wife at the property on the Cavalieri estate. It is the same site where his Great-Grandparents ran a small winemaking business in the early 1900s and it was these ancestors that were the first in the family to start working with local varieties. His Grandfather first built the cellar which still stands today and in the 1980’s, it was Gabriele’s father who made the decision to concentrate on exclusively producing Verdicchio di Matelica.
Gabriele converted the vineyard into organic viticulture in 2006 as soon as he took over and in the winery, each year, Gabriele is producing wines of character without any ‘fashionable’ influences – simply with clean, healthy grapes and great attention to detail in the cantina.
£194 per dozen
From high up in the Apennines, on ancient and long gone salt lakes rich in minerals, lies this unique inland basin in the eastern province on Marche. Fossils left behind by the salt water and a continental microclimate all combine to produce a sumptuous wine surprisingly big in character and capacity to age. A classic nose of roasted almonds and tropical fruits tempts you into the glass, where you find a delicious and well balanced wine with good acidity providing a fresh finish.
You can cellar safely for a few more years or drink now.