Marche is an Italian region in Central Italy. It’s capital city is Ancona.Unlike many other regions the amount of red and white wine is almost equal. Wine-wise Marche is mostly known for their Verdicchio di Matelica DOC wines.
The region which in Italian is known as “Le Marche” has five DOCG areas. Furthermore there are 4 wines classified as DOC. For a rather unknown wine region that’s quite a lot. Since the wines from the Marche are not very well-known outside of Italy they tends to be hard to find. That’s a pity since the Marche produces some stunning wines.
Important grapes: Verdicchio, Vernaccia Nera, Pecorino, Montepulciano
Wines from the Montepulciano grape are more known from the Abruzzo region where the grape makes excellent Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC wines. In the Marche region Montepulciano is the basis for many wines including the Conero Riserva DOCG.
Important red wines:
- Conero Riserva DOCG
Produced in the province of Ancona. Grapes permitted: Montepulciano (85%-100%), Sangiovese (0%-15%)
- Offida Rosso DOCG
Produced in the province of Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. Grapes permitted: at least 85% Montepulciano. Up to 15% other red grapes which are grown in the above listed provinces.
- Rosso Piceno DOC
Produced in the provinces Ancona, Ascoli Piceno and Macerata. Grapes permitted: Montepulciano (35.0% – 70.0%), Sangiovese (30.0% – 50.0%).
- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG
Produced in certain municipalities of the province Macerata. Grapes permitted:Vernaccia Nera (85.0% – 100.0%), other red grapes grown in the area up to 15%.
Important white wines:
- Offida Bianco DOCG
Produced in the province of Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. Grapes permitted: at least 85% Pecorino or at least 85%. Passerina and up to 15% other local white grapes.
- Verdicchio di Matelica DOC
Produced in the surrounding towns of the municipality of Matelica in the provinces Ancona and Macerata. Grapes permitted: at least 85% Verdicchio and up to 15% other white grapes.
What you should take from this guide:
- Marche is a rather unknown wine region. Nevertheless the region produces some stunning wines!
- Verdicchio di Matelica DOC and Offida DOCG are two of the most famous wines of the region.
- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG is produced from the rare Vernaccia Nera grape. A grape that is almost only found in sections of the Marche.
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