Marches

Description

Description

Historically, the Marche region was the borderland dividing the Papal States of southern Italy and the Roman Empire to the north. This quirk of history probably explains why the region’s viticulture draws as many influences from northern Italy and its fragrant white wines as it does from the southern regions, known for their smooth, round reds. Wedged between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, the Marche region is endowed with a hilly topography, covering over two-thirds of its area, and on which vineyards thrive. Le Marche is mostly known for its varietal wines made from Verdicchio grapes (considered among Italy’s most interesting indigenous varieties), as well as for its traditional distinctive green amphora or fish-shaped bottles. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC is produced along the coast, while the Verdicchio di Matelica DOC comes from the high mountain plateaus, which produce richer and more aromatic wines. The high acidity and mineral character of Verdicchio go nicely with the region’s many fish dishes. Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno are the region’s two other major appellations. Both are red wines made from Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes that yield excellent value for the money.

What to do?

The medieval towns of Ascoli Piceno, further south, and Urbino, further north, both have incredibly well-preserved historical centres. Le Marche also has more theaters than anywhere in Italy—the most famous being the outdoor Sferisterio theater in Macerata. Many charming fairs and festivals are held year-round in the region’s various villages. But, without a doubt, Le Marche’s main tourist attraction is its coastal area. The town of Portonovo, in particular, is as lovely as any resort along the Ligurian Riviera or the Amalfi Coast.

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Biancame
  • Montepulciano
  • Sangiovese
  • Verdicchio
  • Vernaccia Nera

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Bianchello di Metauro DOC
  • Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG
  • Conero DOCG
  • Rosso Piceno DOC
  • Terreni di Sanseverino DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride

Historically, the Marche region was the borderland dividing the Papal States of southern Italy and the Roman Empire to the north. This quirk of history probably explains why the region’s viticulture draws as many influences from northern Italy and its fragrant white wines as it does from the southern regions, known for their smooth, round reds. Wedged between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, the Marche region is endowed with a hilly topography, covering over two-thirds of its area, and on which vineyards thrive. Le Marche is mostly known for its varietal wines made from Verdicchio grapes (considered among Italy’s most interesting indigenous varieties), as well as for its traditional distinctive green amphora or fish-shaped bottles. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC is produced along the coast, while the Verdicchio di Matelica DOC comes from the high mountain plateaus, which produce richer and more aromatic wines. The high acidity and mineral character of Verdicchio go nicely with the region’s many fish dishes. Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno are the region’s two other major appellations. Both are red wines made from Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes that yield excellent value for the money.

What to do?

The medieval towns of Ascoli Piceno, further south, and Urbino, further north, both have incredibly well-preserved historical centres. Le Marche also has more theaters than anywhere in Italy—the most famous being the outdoor Sferisterio theater in Macerata. Many charming fairs and festivals are held year-round in the region’s various villages. But, without a doubt, Le Marche’s main tourist attraction is its coastal area. The town of Portonovo, in particular, is as lovely as any resort along the Ligurian Riviera or the Amalfi Coast.

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Biancame
  • Montepulciano
  • Sangiovese
  • Verdicchio
  • Vernaccia Nera

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Bianchello di Metauro DOC
  • Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG
  • Conero DOCG
  • Rosso Piceno DOC
  • Terreni di Sanseverino DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride

Vineyards