Improvements in knowledge, processes and the will of producers to attain excellence has been rewarding to wineries in Le Marche central Italy culminating in awards as some of the best 100 wines in Italy and recognition of only 45 DOCQ wines in Italy
Online PR News – 29-October-2009 – – How transparent is the jewel from the womb of the earth and the care of the men. Which flavours and scents enrich a gem containing the warmth of the soil, the sinuosity of the hills and the brilliance of the vine leaves. So begins the opening paragraph of the brochure explaining Strada del Verdicchio di Matelica (the Wine Route of Verdicchio) hinting at the pride the people have for their green grape of gold.
With a production of only a tenth of its better known cousin in Jesi, the areas higher attitude and different microclimate produce a more complex, full-bodied Verdicchio that develops character as its ages. One of the best can be enjoyed in the cantina of www.vinimaraviglia.com.
The regulations governing the production of Verdicchio wine allow blending the Verdicchio grape with a similar white grape. This practice is common in some producers of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and where producers follow market tendencies more closely than in the Matelica area. However most producers of Verdicchio di Matelica follow traditional techniques and use 100% Verdicchio grape when making their wines. Thus giving it a classic and original taste.
The upper Esino valley is unique in le Marche in that it lies between two mountain ranges that run North South” says Filippo Maraviglia second generation Matelica wine maker of ViniMaraviglia.com that bears the family brand.
The temperature variations in this micro climate are greater that in Jesi area where its proximity to the sea moderates day-night and summer-winter temperature variations. In Matelica temperature swings can be quite violent.
For almost fifteen years the award winning Maraviglia family cultivates 27 hectares of land of which 13 hectares are devoted to wine making: the white wine Verdicchio di Matelica DOC and Verdicchio di Matelica DOCQ and the red wine Marche Rosso Colli di Maceratesi DOC. Details of their wines can be read on their website vinimaraviglia.com. tasting of their 2009 award winning Onorio 2006 red wine can also be sampled by arranging tastings.
Since June 2009 the Verdicchio wine has been upgraded to the status of DOCG meaning denominated origin controlled and guaranteed and effective from the 2008 harvest. The wine under this new regulation will be bottled in December 2009 and ready to shipment to customers in the spring of 2010. “It promises to be a very special wine” says Roberto Potentini an oenologist jointly promoting this DOCG initiative.
Wine producers of Verdicchio are innovative and conscious of new and challenging market attitudes towards wine drinking. The Verdicchio grape, due to Esino valley micro climate, produces grapes of high alcohol content. Market tendencies are drifting towards lower alcohol content and easy drinking wines. Producers like Maraviglia, are studying the options of de-alcoholising Verdicchio di Matelica without losing its characteristics of freshness, clarity and enjoyment of the wine. New products are forthcoming from producers of Verdicchio di Matelica and Marche Rosso IGT: Sparkling Rose wine, rounded oaky reds, and more blended varieties of Marche Rosso IGT. 2010 looks llike an exciting year for lovers of good red and white wine.