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.
The Le Marche where all these wines are found have mountains and hills gently sloping down to the coast. The many beaches and cities of culture and art, but above all a great terroir, essential for the growth of great wines.
There are fourteen DOC and two DOCG wines, these spread throughout the Marche region ,thus confirming the high level of quality reached by this wonderful regions wine production.
Many of these wines are little known outside of
Production Area: Serrapetrona, Belforte del Chienti and San Severino Marche.
The maximum harvest allowed for the production must not exceed 10 tonnes per hectare.
Vines: Vernaccia black grapes for at least 85%, and another red grape variety for no more than 15% of the total.
Production area: Ancona, Offagna, Camerino, Sirolo, Numana, Castelfidardo and Osimo.
Vines: minimum of 85% Montepulciano and Sangiovese up to 15% maximum. The Conero DOCG label is reserved to Rosso Conero Riserva wine which had already obtained the Doc Label.
Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Riserva
Types: Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva and Reserva Classico.
Vines: It is obtained from the Verdicchio grapes variety, a minimum of 85%. It is permitted to use other white grape varieties suitable for cultivation for the region of Marche, but no more than 15% of the total. Both types are subject to a minimum aging of 18 months, including at least 6 months in bottle. The term Classic is limited to wines produced in the original zone.
Verdicchio di Matelica Reserve
Vines: It is obtained from the Verdicchio grape variety, a minimum of 85%. It is permitted to use the white grape varieties suitable for cultivation for the region of Marche, but no more than 15%. The wine must be aged a minimum of 18 months.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 2,875
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 402,458
Maximum production of wine Doc: 281,720 hl
Doc sold: 146,073 hl
The Types: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Sparkling Wine, Reserve, and Passito Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico and Superiore Riserva, Spumante.
Vines: It is obtained with Verdicchio grapes, with the allowed use of white grapes varieties for no more than 15%.
Verdicchio di Matelica
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 323
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 41,988
Maximum production of wine Doc: 29,391 hl
Doc sold: 16,150 hl
The Types: Verdicchio di Matelica, Sparkling Wine, reserve was.
Vines: It is obtained with the Verdicchio grape variety with a minimum of 85%. They can be used to produce this wine with other grapes including white grape varieties, provided that the total is no more than 15%. The 'Reserve' must be aged for 24 months.
Falerio dei Colli Ascolani
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 471
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 61,272
Maximum production of wine Doc: 42,890 hl
Doc sold: 20,806 hl
Vines: The 'Falerio' predominantly from Trebbiano Toscano variety - in the best soil and climate conditions of the Piceno territory - which contributes 20 to 50%. In addition, the new specification increases the percentage of other grapes, especially Pecorino and Passerina (10 to 30%) and may contribute, either alone or in a combination (up to a maximum of 20%), all other grape varieties white, non-aromatic, registered in the province of Ascoli Piceno.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 528
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 73,787
Maximum production of wine Doc: 51,784 hl
Doc sold: 13,580 hl
The Types: Bianchello, Sparkling wine and Vin Santo.
Vines: The 'Bianchello', 'Biancame' or 'Greek of Bianchello' names and synonyms are frequently used to indicate the grape variety from which the wines are produced. Also the grape variety Malvasia Toscana can be used up to a maximum of 5%. The DOC area includes 18 municipalities in the province of Pesaro-Urbino.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 1,045
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 154,461
Maximum production of wine Doc: 108,123 hl
Doc sold: 15,370 hl
The Structure: The Reds also provide the type Novello, the sparkling whites.
For whites, there must be a minimum of 50% Verdicchio. For reds, the Sangiovese and Montepulciano, alone or in combination, of at least 60%. For the remaining percentage, only the grapes that are authorized and or recommended in the province of Ancona and Macerata.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 156
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 20,337
Maximum production of wine Doc: 14,235 hl
Doc sold: 4,788 hl
Types: White, (even passito and sparkling wine) Ribona and Red.
Vines: It is produced from white grapes of the vine Maceratino (Montecchio), a minimum 70%. The remainder can be: Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Incrocio Bruni 54, Pecorino, Sauvignon, Grechetto, Chardonnay and Malvasia Toscana, alone or in combination, up to a maximum of 30% (other max 15%). The Colli Maceratesi Ribona is made with minimum 85% of Maceratino. The Colli Maceratesi Rosso is produced by at least 50% Sangiovese and max 50% of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Ciliegiolo and/or Lacrima and/or Merlot and/or Vernaccia Nera, other 15% max.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 468
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 51,283
Maximum production of wine Doc: 35,898 hl
Doc sold: 9,865 hl
Types: White, Roncaglia, Red, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Focara.
Grape: For the 'Colli Pesaresi' red the contribution of individual vines is as follows: Sangiovese (minimum 70%), other varieties recommended or authorized may contribute up to 30%.
For the 'Colli Pesaresi' white can contribute: Trebbiano Toscano, locally called Albanella, for a minimum of 75%, other varieties recommended or authorized may contribute up to 25%. Types are also provided: Colli Pesaresi 'Sangiovese', 'Trebbiano', 'Biancame' and sub-Focara and Roncaglia.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 380
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 53,263
Maximum production of wine Doc: 37,284 hl
Doc sold: 18,860 hl
Rosso Conero wine is produced with Montepulciano grapes. They can be used to produce the wine even red grapes grown in the area and authorized by the Marche Region, provided that no more than 15% of the total. The geographical reference is the promontory of Monte Conero on the Adriatic Sea, southeast of Ancona and the hills descendants. 7 municipalities interested in: Ancona, Camerino, Numana, Offagna, and partly Sirolo Castelfidardo and Osimo.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 2,340
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 294,011
Maximum production of wine Doc: 205,807 hl
Doc sold: 97,344 hl
The Types: Rosso Piceno Novello, Sangiovese, grad. Minimum alcohol: 11.5 ° C.
The wines are a mix of Sangiovese grapes (30 to 50%) and Montepulciano (35 to 70%) can be added up to a maximum of 15%, all other non-aromatic grapes, red grapes, recommended in their provinces. There is also the type of 'news' and 'Sangiovese'.
Rosso Piceno Superiore
Available on the market from 1st November of the year following the harvest.
Alcohol level low: 12 ° C.
A mixture of Sangiovese grapes (30 to 50%) and Montepulciano (35 to 70%) can be added up to a maximum of 15%, with other non-aromatic grapes, red grapes, recommended in their provinces.
Production area: 13 municipalities in the province of Ascoli Piceno.
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 138
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 17,946
Maximum production of wine Doc: 12,562 hl
Doc sold: 8,630 hl
The Types: Lacrima di Morro, Superior, passive.
The grapes are from vineyards with mixtures of indigenous varieties from this unique area, known as “tears”. Other varieties can contribute to its production with authorized red grapes and or recommended for the province of Ancona, and alone or in combination, but a maximum of no more than 15% of the total. The name may simply be 'Lacrima di Morro' and the new specifications also includes the type of 'past' with a grade of at least 15 ° C and above.
It is restricted to the indigenous grapes of the Vernaccia Nera. They can be used to produce this wine from grapes including red grapes, recommended in the province of Macerata, alone or in a combination, to a maximum of 15% of the total.
Area planted (enrolled in the register) is 89
Maximum production of grapes: q.li 5826
Maximum production of DOC wine: 6,178 hl
Doc sold: 1,845 hl
Approved by DPR 23/05/2001
The types: Red, Pecorino, Passerina, Passerina Passito, Vin Santo Passerina, Passerina Spumante.
Red Grapes: Montepulciano about 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and at least 30%.
May contribute up to a maximum of 20% all other red grape varieties authorized by the province of Ascoli Piceno. Pecorino: Pecorino grape at least 85%, may contribute up to 15% of other white varieties. Passerina can be made in the traditional way as well as in the sparkling category, Passito and Vin Santo. Derived from grapes of the same name and at least 85%, another 15% can be made up of white varieties approved and recommended by the province of Ascoli Piceno.
I Terreni di San Severino
Types: Red, Red Superiore, Passito, Moro.
Production area: It includes the entire territory of the municipality of San Severino Marche, in the province of Macerata.
It is made, depending on the type, from Vernaccia Black grapes for a minimum of 50% or of Montepulciano of a minimum of 60%, may contribute to the production of all varieties to black berry, non-aromatic, suitable for cultivation in the Marche region, jointly or severally to a maximum of 40% and 50%.
The Types: Pergola Rosso, Novello Pergola, Pergola Passito.
Production area: Is the five municipalities of the province of Pesaro-Urbino: Pergola, Fratterosa, Frontone, Serra S. Abbondio and S. Lorenzo in Campo.
Pergola is made from the grape variety of Aleatico for not less than 70%. Could help other red grapes suitable for cultivation in the Marche region up to a maximum of 30%.
The Types: San Ginesio Red, San Ginesio dry sparkling wine and sweet.
Production area: It includes all the territory of the municipality of San Ginesio and the municipalities of Caldarola, Camporotondo of Fiastrone, Cassapalombo, Ripe San Ginesio.
San Ginesio Reds are made from the Sangiovese grape variety (min. 50%), Vernaccia Nera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Ciliegiolo alone or in combination for a minimum of 35% could help other non-aromatic black grapes or jointly for a maximum of 15%. The San Ginesio is dry or sweet sparkling wine made from grapes from Vernaccia Nera (minimum 85%) may compete individually or jointly, up to a maximum of 15% all other non-aromatic grapes, black grapes.
The typical geographic location, 'Marche' embraces the whole region and has certainly helped to enhance those areas that have not benefited from the designation of origin. In our region the wine producers have used this name in order to improve the quality of their products that have fallen significantly in parallel with the table wines.
The types of wines that can be produced are red, white and pink, and one of the varieties listed below will make up at least 85% that can be indicated on the label:
BARBERA - Cabernet / Sauvignon, Franc - CHARDONNAY - GRECHETTO - MERLOT - PASSERINA - PINOT / White, Grey, Black - SANGIOVESE - SAUVIGNON - TREBBIANO
You can also show two of these grapes if the wine is derived solely from the same variety and if the smaller amount is in quantities greater than 15%. All the wines can also be produced both in sparkling and still, this latter only applies to red wines.