Immense differences between the various territories comprised within the region are the reason why the name “Le Marche” is plural. Marca means, in fact, border land, and it comes as no surprise that the north and south of the region have many affinities with bordering territories- respectively the Romagna region and the Colline Teramane area in Abruzzo.
What are the main Wine-growing areas of Le Marche?
Castelli di Jesi: the largest wine-growing area in Le Marche, stretching along the banks of the Misa and Esino rivers, and producing Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. The “Classico” mention for Verdicchio refers to the wines coming from the historical production area within the valley and Riserva hints at longer aging (18 months).
Matelica: a smaller wine district lying further away from the coast and specializing in Verdicchio di Matelica.
Conero: his hilly mountainous coastal area produces Rosso Coneri, a bold and savory Montepulciano – Sangiovese blend.
Piceno: the southern portion of the region, bordering Abruzzo, Piceno produces Rosso Piceno, bold, savory, and slightly earthy Montepulciano-based reds with dollops of Sangiovese, Bordò, and Offida Pecorino (white wine).
Metauro: in the north of the region, the banks of the Metauro river house vineyards planted to Bianchello and Sangiovese, the latter giving easy-drinking reds with some similarities to examples found across the northern border in Romagna.