Wine Guide: Marche

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.

Marche Map

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:Β 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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5 comments on “Wine Guide: Marche”

  1. talkavino Reply

    I visited Marche a few times. There are quite a few of the nice wines made there, and Verdicchio di Matelica are simply great white wines (hard to find in US, but starting to appear). Also we had absolutely amazing Grappa produced near Jesi – I never wrote down the name of the producer, thought : (

    • vino in love Reply

      I agree with you that the Marche offer some nice wines. Since it’s already hard to find Verdicchio di Matelica in Germany it doesn’t surprise me that it’s hard in the US, too. I never tried grappa from Verdicchio grapes. Will do so when the opportunity comes πŸ™‚
      In my opinion ColleStefano makes a fantastic Verdicchio di Matelica. If you stumble upon it in the US then I recommend that you give it a try! πŸ™‚

  2. vinovino9 Reply

    i freakin love the coners riserva wines. everytime i go to a restaurant and they have one i order one πŸ˜€
    love the marche!!

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