Thursday, August 16, 2012

Italian Wine From Le Marche

The lesser known wine region of Le Marche, nevertheless has 14 DOC and DOCQ regions the latest being I Terreni di San Severino Marche, has many unique wines. Verdicchio, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Pecorino di Offida and Lacrima di Morro d'Alba to name a few.  The Italian white wine of this region are notably very good.

Wines from Le Marche

Traditional identification of the wine production of Le March in the central region of Italy is with Verdicchio, the famous white wine of Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica that blend perfectly with the fish dishes of local cuisine. But this region also offers excellent red wines such as Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero.

Awards for Le Marche Wine.

The Italian wines from Le Marche are better known for its excellent whites but the reds are gaining recognition. Red wines like the 2007 Valturio, the 2007 Kurni were both award winners at VinItaly the ultimate experience of Italian wine tasting .

Italian Wine Areas of Le Marche

There are 14 wine areas in Le Marche. See map for details. Some of the grape varieties are unique. What follows is a short list of the least well known L Marche Wines.

The Bianchello di Metauro DOC from the province of Pesaro including the cities of Fano, Fossombrone, Piagge e Urbino. This white can be served with antipasti, grilled fish and fresh cheeses. Deserves mentioning the bianchello from Fiorini Wines and Azienda Guerrini.

Lacrima di Morro DOC produced in the province of Ancona and in the municipalities of Morro d’Alba, Monte san Vito, San Marcello, belvedere Ostrense, Ostra e Senigallia. Most Lacrima di Morro contains at least 85% Lacrima and 15% other reds. Can be served with meat disches containing fruit (Turkey with almonds or Pig in Apple).

Offida Doc is produced in the province of Ascoli Piceno and only in the municipality of Offida. The reds are mainly from Montipulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the whites arePasserina e Pecorino. Worthy of special note is the Pecorino fro Ciu Ciu in Offida and the Rosso Piceno and Sangiovese from the same wine maker.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica IGT denomination was introduced in 1992 and states that 85% of the grapes should be grown in the region. Many good wines from various grapes varieties have been made under this umbrella denomination notably Chardonnay and Ciliegiolo from Le Marche. This last wine, Ciliegiolo is worthy noting under the Rosso Orvieto DOC denomination. A cherry flavoured, ruby red of a dedicated but highly intense bouquet has a minimum alcoholic content of 12%. Its served in Umbria and Le Marche (a total of 2.000 bottles) with local fresh water fish, fish soup and flavoured courses.


  1. I spent a few days in June 2012 in Le Marche showing clients italian property for sale in the area and had a chance to sample some of the above wines at Vini Gagliardi, Vini Maraviglia and Belisario and enjoyed every drop. Great Post. i will try the others mentioned.

    1. Thank Minke. I trust the sale when through? Le Marche is a lovely, secluded and less known region of Italy. Great to retire too and enjoyed long hot summers. And the wine is not bad either. Go to Pesaro Urbino area, see the culture and enjoy the wine. Vincent vino marche

  2. Thanks Vincent of Vino Marche. I did a photo shot for Antica Cantina Santa Amico in Novemebr 2011 for a pbblicity stunt and had the opportunity to try Lacrima di Morro DOC. It was fantastic. The winery lost some momentum as the owner feel ill. But now the daugther and wife with the aid of great fellow workers are rebuilding this vineyard