Discovering…the Verdicchio from Matelica!

EJJhAWLe&style=368Verdicchio is the quintessential wine of ‘Le Marche’ region, known all over the world, especially in the past, for the original and exclusive green amphora-shaped bottle, designed by Maiocchi in the 50s.

Originale design a forma di anfora per la bottiglia di verdicchio ideata dall'architetto Antonio Maiocchi. Un'icona del Made in Italy riconosciuta in tutto il mondo.

An original design from the 50’s: the exclusive green amphora-shaped bottle designed by Antonio Maiocchi. A symbol of the Made in Italy recognizable all around the world.

Usually Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is the lesser known of the two Verdicchio-specialist DOCGs. They are more like “cousins” rather than “brothers” since they are significantly different.

Map with the areas where Verdicchio wines are produced: in materica and Jesi.

Map with the areas where Verdicchio wines are produced: in materica and Jesi.

The vineyards of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi are located close to the Adriatic Sea, while the vineyards of Matelica are landlocked. The terroir is ideal for the cultivation of vines, as the climate is continental and the soils are mineral rich with a calcareous clay content. It is also unique as its valley runs from east to west, rather than from north to south as it does in the rest of Le Marche. Wines of Jesi thus tend to have aromas of elderflower and fruit essences. Verdicchio di Matelica is more soften and elegant, with a gentle but persistent note of apricot.

Verdicchio di Matelica DOC has a pretty recent history, due to the latest appreciation of this wine, which has always lived in the shadow of the more popular Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. In 1967 it finally became an established product thanks to the awarded “DOC” classification and started to be appreciated as a very different wine from its better-known rival. This white comes in four different versions: Verdicchio di Matelica, Champagne, Reserve and Passito.

Verdicchio vineyards

Verdicchio vineyards

Verdicchio di Matelica has a strong structure and is characterized by intense aromas due to a continental micro-climate typical in this beautiful area of Le Marche.

Verdicchio grapes and its slightly green colour

Verdicchio grapes and its slightly green colour

The color of Verdicchio di Matelica is straw-yellow with greenish highlights. Its unique taste is sapid and soft, warm and very persistent with notes of ripe fruits; it has a typical almond aftertaste.

Among the stories related to this wine there is also the passion that bounded the composer Gioacchino Rossini to the wines of his homeland, including Verdicchio. It is said that during one of the many feasts offered by the composer, a marquise was among the guests. The noble appreciated all dishes and the Verdicchio wine served at lunch so much to make Rossini say that his guest had “dishonored with honor” his noble name.

Verdicchio di Matelica is the perfect partner to raw appetizers, seafood main courses as: seafood lasagna, risotto and typical fish stew soups. It also combines perfectly with the Adriatic sole and the cod “all’ anconetana”. It may also be enjoyed with traditional local meats such as Carpegna’s ham and Ciauscolo: the typical salami of Fabriano. Verdicchio wine and regional dish Vincisgrassi is without any doubt an amazing combo…tasty and tempting as they both can be!

Logo of the winery "Vinicola Gagliardi". They produce two different types of Verdicchio di Matelica

Logo of the winery “Vinicola Gagliardi”. They produce two different types of Verdicchio di Matelica

“Vinicola Gagliardi” is one of the wineries producing Verdicchio di Matelica. This historic cellar started the Verdicchio production during the 40’s and was one of the first companies to sell it bottled. The Gagliardi family directly manages 15 hectares of vineyards on the hills of Matelica. Verdicchio grapes are primarly grown together with a smaller production of red grapes, too.

The two types of Verdicchio: DOC "Selezione Gagliardi" and DOCG "Riserva Maccagnano"

The two types of Verdicchio: DOC “Selezione Gagliardi” and DOCG “Riserva Maccagnano”

The company manufactures two types of Verdicchio wines: DOC “Selezione Gagliardi” and DOCG “Riserva Maccagnano”, and also other red wine labels.

The wine celar of the "Vinicola Gagliardi"

The wine celar of the “Vinicola Gagliardi”

The winery has a spacious wine cellar where you can taste the different wines produced. Tours of the winery and vineyards are organized by highly qualified staff. So that you can enjoy the Verdicchio wine while discovering even more!

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