During summer and spring, we carry out most of the visits to the wineries with a view to producing the new edition of Slow Wine Guide. Besides returning to the cellars already presented in the past editions, we visit new realities and search for hidden treasures throughout Italy.

In this journey, we spot so many exciting wineries. Unfortunately, a great many cannot be included in the guide, either due to lack of space or to the necessity of further observation before making substitutions.

Too often these are wineries deserve to be worthy of attention and they most likely will impress you. That’s why we decided to report one of them each week within this column.



Località Braccano, 95

62024 Matelica (MC) Marche – Italy

+39 0737 768300



During the early 2000’s the industrialist Francesco Porcarelli driven by his passion for wine, has fulfilled a dream by purchasing Cantina Colpaola and, in 2010 he gives life to this interesting viticultural reality. Francesco’s connection with this land began in 1960, when his grandfather managed to rent a farm where he used to spend the summer vacations. Colpaola estate has been designed with rationality and agronomical refine, there is nothing glitzy or eccentric. It is a beautiful unpretentious winery in one of the highest points of Matelica.



Up there, where only hawks, wild boars and roe-bears dare, facing Monte San Vicino lies the 10 hectares of vineyards of Francesco Porcarelli. There the air is sharp and the vegetation is wild. The soil is composed mainly of clay with a lot of limestone component, its rocky ground gives birth to wines made from Verdicchio and Merlot grapes, which are farmed organically.




While waiting for the cellar to be built, the wines have been produced in an efficient local company. Since the first vintage Colpaola wines show a strong sapid character, and the sunniest part of the vineyard gives very aromatic wines. The Matelica Tenuta ColPaola 2017 has aromas of herbs, yellow flowers, and tropical fruit, while in the month is very mineral and has a pleasant persistent finish. The vintage of 2016 was aromatically very balanced, rich in fruity aromas and an invigorating sapidity. The vintage of 2015 is very saline and has notes of flowers in the nose, while the vintage of 2014 is sharp in the palate and is capable of aging well in the bottle. The Merlot Canovaccio 2013 has a pleasant fruity and vegetal aromas with very dynamic character.



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