Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Le Marche is a relatively small region lying at the eastern edge of central Italy. In recent decades it has been frequently overshadowed by neighbouring Abruzzo, Umbria and Tuscany, but to dismiss the region as insignificant is to miss out on a vast lineup of exciting wines.

Le Marche has a growing reputation in Italian wine circles and the trajectory is likely to continue. Renewed enthusiasm for the country’s stable of native grapes has thrust the white Verdicchio variety into the limelight as wine lovers fall for its fresh acidity, trendy mineral character and tendency to give unctuous citrus flavours. Verdicchio, known in the north as Trebbiano di Soave and Turbiana is the principal grape of two of the region’s important appellations - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and increasingly fashionable Verdicchio di Matelica.

Although many producers choose to bottle and label their estate’s every-day white wines as Marche IGP, there remains a steady belief in promoting micro territories. The wines of DOCG Offida are a prime example, with local winemakers comfortable showcasing eminently trendy grapes such as Pecorino and Passerina in connection with one of Italy’s least well known DOCGs. Elsewhere there is support for other terroirs such as the hills immediately north of the town of Pesaro and close to Macerata.

Appellations of Le Marche

Bianchello del Metauro DOC

Bianchello di del Metauro is a white wine appellation in Le Marche focussing on the cultivation of the Biancame grape.

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Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG

Initially part of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, the Riserva element of the wine became its own DOCG in 2010. In 2011 the name was changed to its current version.

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Colli Maceratesi DOC

Produced around the town of Macerata in Le Marche, the Colli Maceratesi DOC is known for the cultivation of the white Maceratino variety. Alongside this there are a number of simple wines produced from both international red varieties as well as the typical grapes of central Italy.

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Colli Pesaresi DOC

Colli Pesaresi DOC wines come from the hills immediately north of the coastal town of Pesaro in the Le Marche region of central Italy. The appellation is best known for its expressions of Sangiovese.

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