Marche

Regional detail

Location

Flanked by the Adriatic, this is the medieval borderlands between imperial/ Teutonic influenced Northern Italy and the Papal States (hence the name which is where the influence of the currency "mark" finished). Ancona is the capital, a once important Roman port

Climate

Mediterranean, with mild winters mitigated by the Adriatic although strong Maestrale winds can be bitingly cold in winter but refreshing in the summer.

Topography

To the west the lands rise steadily towards the Appennines and the borders of Tuscany and Umbria

Soils

Mixed alluvial clay and marl

Average annual production

1.235.000 HL
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Marche

Grapes

Bianchello

Description

As the name suggests, a white grape which has a long history in the Marche but much less importance than Verdicchio. Seems to have some relation with Passerina from Abruzzo.

Principle Wines

Bianchello del Metauro, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani
Incrocio Bruni 54

Description

Green grape that is a sauvignon x verdicchio-crossing. "Native" to the Marche.

Principle Wines

Colli Maceratesi
Lacrima

Description

Red grape peculiar to this part of Italy making a very charcherful early drinking fruity and aromatic red wine. Some have very interesting floral, violet aromas.

Principle Wines

Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Maceratino

Description

Maceratino is a green grape that has its own appelation in the Marche where it gives a light and fresh white wine. The vineyards of the DOC constitute of 200 Ha. only and is in further decline. There has been mention of possible relations to both reco and verdicchio.

Principle Wines

Colli Maceratesi
Malvasia

Description

Principle Wines

Montepulciano

Description

See Abruzzo

Principle Wines

See Abruzzo
montepulciano grape
Passerina

Description

See Abruzzo (aka Bianchello)

Principle Wines

See Abruzzo (aka Bianchello)
Pecorino

Description

See Abruzzo

Principle Wines

See Abruzzo
Sangiovese

Description

See Tuscany

Principle Wines

See Tuscany
Trebbiano Toscano

Description

See Tuscany

Principle Wines

See Tuscany
Verdicchio

Description

Le Marche's white grape of some importance in the Italian white wine offering. Ancient, indigenous, there are some sub varieties: Verdicchio Bianco, Verde, Giallo and Vero. Verdicchio's quality can be seen in its variety of flavour from green apples to a more late harvest honied style, and also its longevity. The amphora shaped bottle is now seen as more of a liability.

Principle Wines

Verdicchio di Casteli di Jesi, Verdicchio di Macerata.
verdicchio grape
Vernaccia Nera

Description

Vernaccia Nera is a synonym for Cannonau (grenache)

Principle Wines

Vernaccia di Serrapetrona

Major Appellations DOCG/DOC

Conero DOCG

Description

Le Marche's "important" red, aged at least 24 months, a wine of structure and intensity, named after the prominent hill around Ancona

Principle Wines

Montepulciano 85%; Sangiovese 15%
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba DOC

Description

Native to this area north of Ancona in the commune of Morro d'Alba, Lacrima in its dry, sweet and and sparkling versions cam produce some ethereal perfumes of red, pink and violet flowers. Its pronounced acidity also guarantees a fresh finish, suggesting a summery context.

Principle Wines

Lacrima, Montepulciano/ Verdicchio 15%
Rosso Conero DOC

Description

The red wine of distinction from Ancona where the Conero hill rises of the city. Juicy with an easier style than its older brother the DOCG.

Principle Wines

Montepulciano
Rosso Piceno DOC

Description

A wide DOC area to the north and south of Ancona stretching down to the town of Ascoli Piceno, with an easy, juicy style.

Principle Wines

Sangiovese, Montepulciano
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Iesi DOC

Description

This historic wine and winegrowing area derives its name from the strategic importance it once held on this medieval borderland and hence the string of Castles around the town of Jesi. Verdicchio is one of Italy's unsung white grapes for real quality potential in terms of complexity, persistence, ageing and pure enjoyment.

Principle Wines

Verdicchio, 15% Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano
Verdicchio di Matelica DOC

Description

Metalica refers to the area due south and west of Jesi, further inland. Wines have similar pedigree and history to its Jesi brothers but without the notoriety.

Principle Wines

Verdicchio, 15% Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano

Other Appellations DOCG/DOC

Bianchello del Metauro DOC

Principle Wines

Bianchello
Colli Maceratesi DOC (a multi DOC*)

Principle Wines

Rosso:
Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciliegiolo, Lacrima, Merlot, Montepulciano, Vernaccia near
Bianco:
Maceratino, Trebbiano toscano, Verdicchio, Malvasia Toscana, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Incrocio Bruni 54, Pecorino, Grechetto
Ribona:
a white wine of varying styles predominantly made from Maceratino.
Colli Pesaresi DOC (a multi DOC*)

Principle Wines

Rosso:
Sangiovese
Bianco:
Trebbiano toscano, Verdicchio, Biancame, Pinot Grigio, Pinot nero, Riesling italico, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot bianco Focara
Rosso:
Pinot nero and/or Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Sangiovese Focara Pinot
Nero:
Pinot Nero Roncaglia
Bianco:
Trebbiano toscano, Pinot nero
Esino DOC (a multi DOC*)

Principle Wines

Rosso:
Sangiovese, Montepulciano, 60%
Bianco:
Verdicchio
Falerio dei Colli Ascolani or Falerio DOC

Principle Wines

Trebbiano toscano, Passerina, Pecorino
Offida DOC (a multi DOC*)

Principle Wines

Rosso:
Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pecorino:
Pecorino
Passerina:
Passerina
Pergola DOC

Principle Wines

Aleatico
Serrapetrona DOC

Principle Wines

Vernaccia Nera
Terreni di San Severino DOC

Principle Wines

Vernaccia Nera, Montepulciano
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG

Principle Wines

Vernaccia Nera (made as a Spumante)

IGT Appellations

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