Excellent Summer Wine: 2012 Colle Stefano – Verdicchio – Verdicchio di Matelica DOC

I’ve been rather busy the over the last days, so excuse me for not having written that much. Nevertheless, I tasted a few wines. I tried the 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio a couple of times and today I want to share my tasting notes with you. Just so you know, this is a 5/5 star wine!

Colle Stefano

Colle Stefano is an organic winery from Central Italy. The winery that is located in Matelica, which is part of the Marche region, has dedicated itself to the production of just one white wine. Their annual production of 80.000 bottles of Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is rather small. I have previously reviewed the 2011 vintage of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. Follow this link to read that review. The Verdicchio from Colle Stefano is a regular winner of the 3 glasses Gambero Rosso award.


Verdicchio is an autochthonous white grape that is mostly planted in the Marche region of Italy. The name of the grape literally translates to the “big green one”. It is said, that the name comes from the yellow-green color that wine from this grape tends to have. The grape is especially important for the production of Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi DOCG and Verdicchio di Matelica DOC. Verdicchio can be found in more than 10 DOC wines. According to Jancis Robinson, Verdicchio is the 15th most-planted grape variety in the world. It is worth knowing, that there are more plantings of Verdicchio than of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese.

The Best White Wine Of The Year

2012 Colle Stefano - Verdicchio - Verdicchio di Matelica DOCThe 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is produced with 100% hand-picked Verdicchio grapes. The Verdicchio aged in stainless steel tanks for a few months. In the glass, the wine had a pale yellow color with green hues. 13% was the label listed alcohol by volume. The harmonious bouquet was composed of intense aromas of pineapple, apple and lime. In the mouth, the Verdicchio from Colle Stefano was dry, refreshing, smooth and a little bit fruity. I tasted lots of minerals, too. The wine was well-balanced. Fantastic finale with a persistently long finish. The only problem with this wine is that after every sip you want to take another one! It is that good!

5 / 5 stars      

Parting words

I do not rate many wines with 5 stars but the Verdicchio di Matelica from Colle Stefano completely convinced me. It is a joy to drink and the ideal summer wine. The wine retails in Munich for just 12€ but can be purchased for 7.50€ from the winery’s website. This might be the best quality-price ratio I have yet encountered. I strongly recommend that you give this wine a try. You cannot go wrong with it! It is quite incredible, that a 3 glasses Gambero Rosso winner sells for so little money! (previous vintages won the 3 glasses award, the 2012 vintage has not been rated yet since it was only released a few weeks ago. I am sure though that this one will get 3 glasses as well)

As always, if you tried the wine let me know how you liked it. I am already looking forward to my next glass of Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica.

I have added the wine to my current top 10 where it replaced the 2011 vintage of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio.

This is the second white wine to achieve a 5/5 star rating on Vino in Love (the 2011 vintage scored 4.5/5). The only other white wine to score a 5/5 was the 2011 Saint Clair Family Estate Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc.


22 comments on “Excellent Summer Wine: 2012 Colle Stefano – Verdicchio – Verdicchio di Matelica DOC”

  1. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Wow! I have to try this wine! Never heard of Colle Stefano before but I’ll trust your judgement when it comes to Italian wine!
    Thanks for sharing this, Julian 🙂

  2. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Good review : -) I didn’t know that there are more Verdicchio plantings than Chardonnay ones! Never ever would have guessed that. I’m already looking for summer wines. If this one is available in Canada then I’ll definitely give it a try. I tried the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which you also rated with 5 stars and absolutely loved it!!

    • vino in love Reply

      I hope you’ll find the wine in Canada. Not sure though if the wine gets shipped overseas because it’s from a rather small winery (small wineries often make better wines than the “big names”)

  3. drinkforlife Reply

    I first got in touch with the Verdicchio from Colle Stefano a few years ago during a trip to Italy. It’s one of my all-time favorite Veridicchio wines. Not sure if I would rate it with 5 stars (haven’t tried the 2012 vintage yet) but I’d give it at least 4 or 4.5! What a superb white wine.

    • vino in love Reply

      So glad to hear that you enjoy the Colle Stefano Verdicchio as much as I do! I don’t know many people who actually tried the wines from Colle Stefano.

  4. Suzanne Reply

    Another must try and the fact that you gave 5/5 is good enough for me to find this wine, I am starting to collect my summer whites and this is at the top of my list now.

    • vino in love Reply

      I really hope the Colle Stefano Verdicchio is available in the US. Colle Stefano is a small winery so maybe they can’t afford to export their wines.. It’s such an incredibly good white wine so let’s hope you’ll find a retailer for it 🙂

    • vino in love Reply

      Have you tried the wine yet? If so let me know how you like it. The boqueut of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio is outstanding.

  5. Sean P. Reply

    I visited their stand at Vinitaly. Did you stop by their stand as well? I don’t think you mentioned Colle Stefano in your Vinitaly posts, did you?

    • vino in love Reply

      I didn’t make it to their Stand. If I recall correctly, then they shared a stand with other local Verdicchio producers. How did you like their Verdicchio?

  6. Eatwithnamie Reply

    Thanks for the info. İ will try it one day and see if it will beat NZ Sauv Blanc and Chablis. 🙂 İ will try to drink more whites this summer.

    • vino in love Reply

      The Colle Stefano Verdicchio tastes a little bit different than a NZ Sauvignon Blanc but I think that it can compete with any type of white wine. It’s a spectacular wine but I have to say that I really like certain NY Sauvignon Blanc as well.

  7. Marco van Puff Reply

    I don’t drink white wine often. Colle Stefano Verdicchio is now on my to-buy list (which is already far too long…..)
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • vino in love Reply

      I personally find white wine to be great during hot spring and summer days. Glad to hear that you plan to try the Colle Stefano Verdicchio.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I think on average, Italy produces better red and sparkling wines than white wines. However, the Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matellica is quite outstanding. It can for sure beat most white other white wines including the likes from New Zealand and Australia.

  8. maude Reply

    i have to agree. this one of the best white wines i have ever had. i just bought two cases to add to the half finished case i already have.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for visiting! I’m glad to hear that you agree with me 🙂 The Colle Stefano Verdicchio is definitely a great summer wine and the quality-price ratio is very good, too.

  9. Vanesa Reply

    I agree! This wine was a delight, and I have been recommending it lately to everyone who wants a fresh, crisp summer white to have with a feast of home grown summer veggies and other light,clean tapas. Yum!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for visiting Vino in Love!
      I’m glad that you agree with me 🙂 I absolutely love the Colle Stefano Verdicchio and its QPR is pretty much unbeatable.

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