Wines and People
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi D.O.C. Brut Sparkling Wine
Brut sparkling wine, product obtained from verdicchio grapes grown in Contrada Pietrone, selected and made into wine before maturing, using the most updated techniques, but still respecting tradition.
Spanish and Swedish engineers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and Sweden's University of Gävle have created an electronic nose with 32 sensors that can distinguish pears from apples, which contain similar chemical compounds called esters. The researchers said the technology could eventually be used to distinguish the quality or type of grape or recognize a wine's vintage.
Verdicchio is a crisp Italian white grape that makes wines with “considerable personality”. You’ll find it in the Marche region along the Adriatic coast. Unlike most Italian whites, it’s known for its ability to age, and the best offer a nutty, buttery complexity. Conti Leopardi, acclaimed at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition, was crafted by a noble family who have made wine in the Marche since 1500.
The Leopardi's vineyards are located more than 1,100 feet above sea level, where brilliant sunshine, the cooling influence from the Adriatic and low-yielding ancient vines produce aromatic, intensely flavored Verdicchio grapes. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the Marche is a top spot for fresh seafood. So locally, this elegant white — with notes of citrus, minerals, almonds and fresh herbs (which will also develop a subtle nuttiness over time) — would be enjoyed with simple grilled white fish, shrimp or calamari.
The Leopardi family has a very famous ancestor Giacomo Leopardi, a 19th century poet, is as important to the Italians as Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world.
Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (June 29, 1798 – June 14, 1837) was an Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era.
Tenuta di Tavignano Misco Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva 2009 $35
Wonderful wine. Deep yellow colour shows some age, and the rich, complex bouquet has oatmeal, honey and poached-fruit nuances. Oak aging shows. Full-bodied, rich and dry yet soft in the mouth. Great length and harmony. 14%alcohol. 93/100 - Food: stuffed calamari
Le Caniette is a historic winery of the Marches, though it didn’t start out that way: when Raffaele Vagnoni purchased the property in 1897 and moved in with his family, they did make wine, among other things, but also concentrated upon animal husbandry, raising stud bulls of the Razza Marchigiana. His son Giovanni planted their first vineyards in the 40s, while his grandson Raffaele decided to shift the farm’s emphasis to winemaking, replanting most of their 11 hectares of land to vineyards in the 60s. [...]
Harmonious, fruity and endlessly pleasing—if we could bottle a languid summer afternoon and the casual conversation between good friends, this would be the result. It's made from at least 60 percent Sangiovese (the Chianti grape), plus some of Marche's native Montepulciano and, optionally, small amounts of the local red grape Passerina and the white Trebbiano.
...drive to San Savino Winery in Offida, Piceno. We were greeted by Paola and Simone Capacci…organic farmer, winery owner and wine maker.
We did have an extensive winery visit highlighted by the barrel sampling of the 2012 vintage San Savino Ciprea made from the Pecorino grapes indigenous to the Marche. These grapes have a 500 year history in this area and even after grape growing and wine making was nearly abandoned here, they found Pecorino grapes growing in the wild in the woods on Oak trees.
This wine, even though it was cloudy and unfinished, we could tell that this wine is going to great…then on to the tasting room for a lunch of breaded and fried, stuffed olives, fresh raw fennel wedges, locally made proscuitto and pecorino cheese, fresh bread and green olives. We tasted through 3 other white wines with lunch… 2012 Falerio, and Tufilla, 2011 Ciprea. For red wines, we had… 2012 Rosso Piceno, 2010 Picus and Fedus, 2011 Picus and 2008 Quinta Regio.[...]
The Brewery Birrificio dei Castelli is a small company, a laboratory in continuous evolution with the objective to develop a refined, unique product with respect for tradition.
Long processing times and maturation, attention to detail and patience to preserve its fragrance and taste.
From 67 Wine: This is the third of Natalino's 5 Verdicchio labels... none of which see wood, and all of which are completely different. The natural weight and 'oily' texture (at times almost reminiscent of a Riesling texture) and nutty nature of this varietal can give the impression that it has seen barrel aging, however this is never the case with Natalino. The beautiful citrus acidity combined with this 'nuttiness' and weight make it a varietal, that similar to the diverse cuisine of Le Marche, make it a white wine that can pair with fish as well as meat. This incredible expression of Verdicchio is possible only with the particular terrior and climatic conditions of these hills, it is an easy variety to fall immediately in love with. Certified Organic.
See the many different types of wine on this visual guide. This infographic shows the intricate web of the various types of wine. In the beginning, all wine starts with the grapes then the infographic organizes 200 different types of wine by flavor to simplify and discover new wines based on your preferences.
It’s a lot easier to drink wine in the winter; cold weather and heavy food dictate staying in by a fire in the company of a big dinner party. For the warmer months, however, we turn to amazing lighter wines to aid in our quest to defend against the heat…but we also need a sturdy red to stand up to our BBQs and dinners on cool summer nights. So today I wanted to share an easy drinking Italian white from Le Marche [...]
Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico $17.71
The Sartarelli estate is located in the classical area called Castelli di Jesi, the best area for Verdicchio in Le Marche. Ideal for the summer, Sartarelli Verdicchio delivers a clean, crisp, elegant and simple wine for the everyday. The fruit and green grass on the nose marries perfectly with the fresh minerality and bright acidity on the palate, ideal for light lunches and snacks by the pool.
This museum was conceived in 1987 by the art critic Professor Armando Ginesi. It is located in Cupramontana, the heart of Verdicchio wine region, which is especially conducive to our endeavors. The museum is not only intended as a international repository of wine labels but to encourage an appreciation for this art form. Over the years, the museum's endowment has been enriched with almost 100,000 labels from around the world.
Every wine producer should think to visit this incredible Museum in Le Marche. With Wine Labels from early XXVIII Century, everybody can get inspired about an attractive design to give to bottles of distinctive wines.
The winery was initiated with the goal of producing intense, exciting, world class wines.
Ascoli Piceno province in the Marches is perfectly located for this challenge with a wonderful climate typical of many of the world's greatest wine growing regions. With this in mind we chose grape varieties and clones both traditional and unique to this area in order to make exceptional niche wines.
From the very beginning, we decided to use organic farming methods, despite the increased work and costs involved, out of respect for our land, our vines and the local ecosystem.
Our choice of varieties includes approximately half traditional and half international and experimental varieties. All have adapted well to our vineyard's soil, exposition and climate yielding wonderful results even in the first year's harvest. From an inky dark Montepulciano and highly perfumed Pecorino to a complex bordeaux blend and individually bottled Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, we have been incredibly pleased with the quality of our wines. A beautiful Syrah, which is aged 2 years in french oak and Bruni 54, which makes a beautiful Passito, complete the list.
Our work in the vineyard is almost non-stop from January to August when we get a bit of a breather before the harvest. Each plant is tended by hand from the pruning and tying to the leaf removal and green harvest. Careful analysis of the grapes' maturity allows us to optimally choose the dates of harvest with each of the 8 varieties harvested by hand and transported rapidly to the winery in 20kg containers. [...]
The 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica is an outstanding white wine from the Marche, Italy. Colle Stefano is an organic winery from Central Italy. The winery that is located in Matelica, which is part of the Marche region, has dedicated itself to the production of just one white wine. Their annual production of 80.000 bottles of Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is rather small. I have previously reviewed the 2011 vintage of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. Follow this link to read that review. The Verdicchio from Colle Stefano is a regular winner of the 3 glasses Gambero Rosso award.
Do you know the difference between Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica?
The Dezi winery has a range of two white wines and three red wines from €8 to €25 a bottle. The two reds – Solo and Regina del Bosco – are the most expensive price point and both are delicious, although we finally settled on Solo as our favourite. Of the two whites, Solagne is the cheapest and the drier wine, while P. is a syrupy honey coloured blend. We preferred Solagne after much deliberation. So, after lots of wine tasting ( it’s no problem for them to open all the bottles for you) we bought a box of mixed wines and were given some lovely bottles of their own olive oil to take away.
"I Bronzi" Bianchello del Metauro Doc La Morciola, Colbordolo PU
This pleasant wine is produced from the vine of the same name grown high in the Metauro river valley, through careful grape selection and the application of modern vinification technology. It has a pronounced straw yellow colour and has a fresh and floral bouquet, with a fine, fruity and mineral flavour, which lingers beautifully. It pairs well with fish risotto and pasta dishes, full-flavoured fish dishes and white meat.
Thalia, our Igt red is our international red blend. It is named after the god of comedy as I think we all take wine just a bit too seriously and it should inspire laughter instead of wrinkles on our forehead from over thinking. This year, as in 2011, it is made up of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah and 8% Merlot. [...]
This is our Docg Pecorino wine named after the goddess of the cool wind which we are lucky enough to experience most days. 2012 was a wild and crazy year starting with an Easter freeze which wiped out about 40% of our Pecorino buds and followed with 8 "anticyclones" affecting our weather during the summer, arriving from Africa. This meant a hot and dry summer with just 2 rains during the growing season, just enough to keep the vines alive, although in the heat we had, the vines shut down as a protection against water loss. [...]
A last note: as I always have said, we make honest wines made from organically grown grapes, so while some may be distressed by the fact we fine and filter, I will say that both these wines were pretty stable before clarifying, so we used very little bentonite to stabilize the wine against certain precipitates. These wines don't have the time in oak as do our others and we want to make sure the wines you buy from us are free from defects.[...]
Contrada Ciafone, 97 - 63073 Offida (AP)
Enotria, the land of vines, was the ancient Greek name for Italy and a very appropriate one at that. Today much of Italian white wine is dominated by a handful of white wine varieties, yet it remains full of local, indigenous varieties that offer subtly different and unique expressions of a time and place.
With spring slowly arriving, and summer threatening, we all tend to slowly switch over to drinking more white wines. With so much variety, you can spend the entire spring and summer exploring these wines
2011 Capestrano Verdicchio di Matelica
In the Verdicchio di Matelica region, the wines produced in the local mineral rich hillside vineyards tend to be rather focused and crisp, with prominent flavors of peaches and an assertive, almost salty minerality.
This smells of big ripe peach and stinky volcanic soil all covered in a bit of cheese ring. A bit tense and firm in the mouth, this opens with assertive earthy, mineral notes followed by gentle white fruits suspended on a rather angular frame. There's plenty of cut on the palate, with a hint of tannin that drives the medium length, dusty dry and refreshing finish. Not a fruity wine, this is a bit simple and subtle but beautifully built. A really fine food wine.
87 points 13% $11
Along the superhighway of Italian wine, Le Marche is a side road. Set at the eastern end of central Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea, Le Marche is a quiet place where few travelers venture beyond Urbino, its Renaissance-rich town, and its beaches.
But while its region is relatively unheralded, even the casual wine drinker is aware of its major white wine, Verdicchio; and the more dedicated wine lover knows the surprising pleasures of its reds.
Many of those pleasures emanate from Umani Ronchi. Founded in the late 1950s and still owned by the Bianchi- Bernetti family, its wines epitomize what can be created from the region’s own grapes — Verdicchio for whites and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo for reds. [...]
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers and gourmets from the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a first DOCG of the Region, to the Pecorino or Passerina, rediscovered wines that recently hit the headlines.
Also the Rosso Conero and Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG wines, two great reds native to the vineyards of just seven municipalities in the Le Marche province of Ancona.
Le Marche DOCG wines
Le Marche DOC wines
and... several Le Marche IGT Wines
Second edition of ‘Selezione Vini da Pesce’, the International Competition of Wines for Fish will be held on May 15—17 in Ancona, the Capital city of the Italian Region Marche, where over 500 white, rosé as well as sparkling wines are expected to vie for the ‘Calice Dorico’ top award and the gold, silver and bronze medals in each category, writes Subhash Arora who has been invited as one of the international judges
I met an Italian lady a couple of days ago, who wanted to know where in Italy I was headed for judging the wine competition next week. When I told her it was ‘Selezione Vini da Pesce’ her eyes beamed as she said, ‘Oh, then I am sure you are going to Marche. What beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Coast! The fish is delicious. And what a heavenly combination they make with Verdicchio wines!’
She was partially right. What she was thinking of was “Selezione Di Pesce” wine competition, the only one approved in Italy by the Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies that makes the important link between wine and fish. This was and still is held in Ancona for domestic wines that go well with fish. It was designed to promote the fishing industry of Marche whereas I have been invited to ‘Selezione Vini da Pesce, the international wine competition that was started last year to expand the horizon of the original competition.
Marche Mood photo tours are a fun and original way to discover the Marches region with photography, food, and wine. Come along and learn how to photograph the most interesting little roads and the amazing landscapes that are found in the Marches. You'll be sure to capture holiday memories that last a lifetime. On the tour you will visit the very best Marches wineries, and taste wines paired with local delicacies.
Day tours are from Monday to Friday, in small groups. All tours have comfortable, air-conditioned transportation. Choose to be picked up from your hotel or from an arranged meeting spot. It is best to book at least two days prior.
Each tour includes the guided itinerary, the post-production of the pictures you have taken, as well as printed cards with your own images that you will be able to send to your friends.
Choose the tour that best suits your needs and enjoy the wonders of the Marches!
Soft, rolling hills between the sea and the mountains, with vineyards and the famous Castles.
Jesi is located amongst the rolling hills of Verdicchio vineyards, halfway between the sea and the mountains.
After a stroll through this beautiful town, the winding paths take us to see the views: soft, rolling hills with a multitude of vineyards and the famous Castles, a series of small town centres founded in medieval times. And as you are there within the walls, you will get a sense of what life was like in the Middle Ages.
You will discover local wineries whose common denominator is absolute top quality. You will be engaged by the fresh and lingering Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and the unique qualities that make it stand out among the great Italian white wines. But that is not all. You will soldier on, ever the wine adventurers, as we delve into the warm and fruity taste of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, a local red wine.
The tour includes visits and tastings at two wineries, and lunch in an agriturismo or traditional osteria.
The first arrival landed this spring and it’s one of the real workhorses of his Santa Barbara Winery.
The 2011 Rosso Piceno comes from the Central Italian region of the Marche and is a snappy blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Its food pairing versatility runs the gamut from prosciutto topped pizza and spicy Asian pork burgers to pasta with red sauce or a Mediterranean influenced menagerie of grilled vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.
The Sangiovese shines through on the dry finish with enough cherry and dried plum favors that any professor of wine acumen could appreciate.
I get excited about asparagus season. For real! Like fresh, in-season, not-supermarket asparagus.
It’s nice in risotto… Wrapped in pancetta… Roasted and sprinkled with parmeggiano-reggiano… Grilled and salted and dripped with lemon juice… Blended into a soup…or crunched on raw.
So, in celebration of a spring that has finally come and the harvest of those awesomely weird, stringy, bitter green stalks with their pretty bushy heads, here are 8 wines to help your asparagus experience be all that it should.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Vigna di Gino by Fattoria San Lorenzo. Approx $15
Verdicchio is a native grape to the region of Marche, located in Central Italy on the Adriatic coast. Verdicchio makes a white wine rich in saline minerality and sweet yet savory grassiness. It is a grape that can turn out a fairly complex white of medium body.