Rural landscape along the road from Ostra to Jesi (Ancona, Marches, Italy) at summer. Vineyards

Marche-Wine Areas

Wine areas


wine areas

Le Marche Wine Region

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).
  • Serrapetrona:
  • 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. 

Which are the main Denominations of Le Marche?

The list of DOCGs in the Marche:

  • Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva
  • Conero
  • Offida
  • Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
  • Vernaccia di Serrapetrona

Key DOC:

  • Rosso Piceno
  • Bianchello del Metauro
  • Lacrima di Morro d’Alba
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
  • Verdicchio di Matelica
Marche Wines in a Nutshell
  • Hectares under vine: 13,911 (2021) 
  • Total production: 1.40 million hectoliters (2021)
  • Percentage of DOC/DOCG production: 37%
  • Average vineyard altitude: 350-450 meters 
  • Number of DOCGs: 5


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