We didn't know we were looking for a Verdicchio di Matelica DOC until we stumbled across Cantina Cavalieri. 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. The area is very special due to the altitude of the vineyards on the foothill ranges and for the richness and variety of micro-climatic conditions. The soils here are rich in minerals, with a calcareous clay content.
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, Verdicchio accounts for almost all the production, although they do produce a little Pinot Noir, Merlot and Sangiovese. 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.