Marche Wines: The Unique Terroir and Traditional Techniques Behind Italy's Most Underrated Vintages"
The Marche region is characterized by a moderate Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The region's topography is very diverse, with the Apennine Mountains to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east, and a wonderful hilly countryside in between. This creates a variety of microclimates that are ideal for grape cultivation, with the inland areas providing warmer temperatures and the coastal areas offering cooler conditions.
The soils in the region are also varied, with clay, limestone, and sandstone all playing a role in the terroir. This diversity creates a range of growing conditions that allow for a variety of grape varieties to thrive, each imparting its unique flavour profile to the wines.
Five wines from the Marche Region you have to try
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is a white wine that is made from the Verdicchio grape which is one of Italy's oldest and most distinctive grape varieties. The wine has a pale straw color with green reflections and a floral aroma with hints of citrus and almond. The wine is typically dry, with a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. It is often aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness and fruitiness, although some producers also use oak barrels to add complexity and depth. During your boat tour on the DonMar you'll be able to taste a Verdicchio from one of the best local producers, the Moncaro winery.
Named after the Monte Conero, a promontory that overlooks the Adriatic Sea and provides a unique microclimate that is ideal for grape cultivation, Rosso Conero is a red wine made primarily from the Montepulciano grape variety, although up to 15% Sangiovese can also be blended in. The wine has a ruby red color with purple reflections and a fruity aroma with hints of blackberry, cherry, and vanilla. The Rosso Conero is a full-bodied wine with soft tannins that make it perfect to pair with red meat, game, and aged cheese.
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a red wine that is made from the Lacrima grape variety. The wine has a deep ruby color with violet reflections and a floral aroma with hints of roses and violets. The Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a medium-bodied wine with a spicy and fruity flavor that makes it perfect to pair with roasted meat, grilled vegetables, and spicy dishes.
Passerina is a white wine that is made from the Passerina grape variety. The wine has a pale yellow color with green reflections and a floral aroma with hints of peach and apricot. The Passerina has a crisp acidity that makes it a great pair for seafood, pasta, and salads.
Pecorino is a white wine that is made from the Pecorino grape variety. The wine has a straw yellow color with green reflections and a fruity aroma with hints of white peach and citrus. Pecorino is known for its intense aromas of ripe stone fruits, as well as citrus and floral notes. On the palate, it has a full body and a crisp acidity, with flavors of tropical fruits and a mineral finish.
Bianchello del Metauro
Bianchello del Metauro is made from the Biancame grape variety, which is native to the region, and it is known for its light and refreshing character, with aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits. On the palate, it has a delicate acidity and a slightly bitter finish. It is typically consumed young, within two to three years of its vintage, and pairs well with seafood, pasta dishes, and light appetizers.
The production of all these wines is regulated by the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) classifications, which ensure that the wine meets certain quality standards and is produced in accordance with traditional methods.