We are forever bugging our friends over at Sovereignty Wines to expand upon their Italian white wine selection (they have a good one already, but one can never be too careful, eh?) and they graciously keep us trying new labels all the time. They were nice enough to source Belisario‘s Le Salse, a DOC verdicchio from Matelica. Is verdicchio trebbiano? Is turbiana trebbiano? Is trebbiano in central Italy the same as in Lugana? The Internet speculates on this subject at great and fascinating length. All we know for certain is that this straw yellowish green wine is perfect with seafood and grilled or sauteed veggies and rich cheeses. So where is it from?
Matelica is found in a valley in the Marche region about halfway between Ancona and Perugia. Cantine Belisario is found in the heart of this ancient city:
Upon a closer look, this is certainly a place that looks like it’s worth exploring!
So what do Matelica, and specifically Belisario’s location, look like according to Google at the ground level? Not disappointing in the least:
In addition to the post war modern warmth of the place and knowing that the wine is good, the suggested images Google offered up served as invitation enough to dig further; pretty soon Matelica and Cantine Belisario have made their way onto our list of places to investigate in person, and soon. See what we mean for yourself:
When we visit, we’ll take in the Apennine Mountains off in the distance, and then we’ll take in the enoteca here, which looks amazing. If we’re not heard from for a long time, it’s because we took a job in the winery. More tempting employment we cannot imagine.