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Verdicchio di Metalica DOC(G)

The wines bearing the name Verdicchio di Matelica DOC (1967) comes from the hills around Macerata, located on the hills at the foothill of the Apennine mountain range, in the provinces Macerata and Ancona. The production is centered around the town of Matelica and the vineyards are located at an altitude of around 300-350 meters.

In 2010, the aged Verdicchio di Metalica Riserva was raised to DOCG.

The beautiful hilly landscape is crowned with castles that were built between the 12th and the 14th century. Nearly all of them are characterized by high towers, each with a safe view of each other, meaning the line of castles represented an effective hunting and signaling system, stretching from the Adriatic coast to the Apennine mountains.

There are many ancient legends about Verdicchio. The oldest tells the story of Alaric, king of the Visigoths, who, around the year 410 A.D. was on his way with his gangs of thugs to conquer Rome. Legend says he acquired 40 mules fully loaded with the region’s local white wine, since he was convinced that the golden drops would make his army strong enough to defeat and occupy the imperial capital.

None of the stories about Verdicchio di Matelica DOC would be complete without reference to another important element of the local tradition, namely Matelica’s “vincisgrassi”, an incredibly rich lasagna, famous throughout the world. Although the meal is very heavy, it creates a wonderful symbiosis with the white wine Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOCG, due to its fuller, complex and deep structure, its highest expression being different than the best white wines in the better-known Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC.

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