Against the traditions
When searching for a destination for wine-lovers, Italy has plenty of options to offer. Many will recommend Chianti, Tuscany, Umbria, etc. However, these traditional destinations aren’t the only that could blow you away with incredible wine quality. Le Marche wines have developed in recent years to focus on quality over quantity. Many special reserves formulated here are a great addition to any wine collection or simple meal. Le Marche wines are produced at high quality, some of which will cost you even in Italy (where wine is often cheaper than water). Some Le Marche wines cannot withstand travel, therefore they are an extra special treat available only amongst the high-end vineyards.
Wines of Le Marche
Travelers deserve to know that there are more fantastic destinations for wine-lovers in Italy. The traditional places are lovely, of course. However, Le Marche is currently a less-known spot for great quality. Before tasting your way through the Le Marche wines, there are some grapes and wine types to be aware of.
There are also plenty for wine-lovers that don’t break the bank. The landscape is not only beautiful but supports a perfect climate and soil for the cultivation of wine production. Trying the vino della casa, or house wine, is a safe and inexpensive option throughout bars, restaurants, and specific vineyards. Here we will outline some useful information regarding these delectable Le Marche wines.
grapes of Le Marche wines
The Verdicchio Vine
Wine-lovers know we cannot discuss this region without highlighting the grape which gives way to the most well-known of the region. Traditionally, Verdicchio was a wine which was successful in the commercial market from the start. However, this wine has been perfected over the years and is now of Italy’s best dry white wines. A number of Verdicchio wines have the DOC category. Their reserves and some others have the DOCG (superior to DOC). Verdicchio di Matelica and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi are the two main white wines which have the DOC while the reserves have DOCG. The latter is produced in the town Verdicchio and is the most well-known.
The two whites mentioned before may be the most well-known of Le Marche but don’t be fooled. There is also a great variety in reds! Vernaccia di Serrapetrona received the DOCG certification and is a specialty of the region. It is typically a dessert wine with a sweeter taste. However, there is a dry version available also. Another Vernaccia is the Vernaccia di Pergola, produced in Urbino. From the area of Pesaro comes the Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi while the Colli Maceratesi Rosso comes from Macerata. From the center of the Le Marche, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Esino Rosso are made. All of the aforementioned have gained the DOC seal.
The Montepulciano grape
Additional reds include those produced around the peninsula of Conero, using the Montepulciano grape. The Conero and Rosso Conero are produced here. Their reserves have received the DOCG and DOC certifications. Using the same grapes while blended with Sangiovese brings about the Rosso Piceno and the Rosso Piceno Superiore, both produced in the south of Le Marche, and which also have a DOC variety.
The main whites are those of the Verdicchio vine. However, there are more DOC certified wines from Le Marche that are certainly worth a try. The central area produces the Colli Maceratesi and Esino Bianco. The south produces Offida Pecorino, Passerina, and Falerio while in the north there are vineyards for Colli Pesaresi Bianco and the Bianchello del Metauro.