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Wine in Le Marche

Apart from all the other delights the Le Marche region has to offer, wine alone could provide an excellent reason for visiting Le Marche. Winemaking in the area has been having its own little renaissance over the last ten years or so, with a move away from quantity towards quality. A tour of the surrounding hills close to our property will uncover many wonderful vineyards where you can stop off and enjoy winetasting or buy some wonderful local wines and olive oils.

Whites:
Le Marche's pride and joy is Verdicchio made from the local grape with the same name. This green-tinged wine with a distinctive bitter finish goes well with the region's Adriatic fish. Like Soave, it is among Italy's best-known dry whites, and it has come a long way since the commercially successful but mediocre Verdicchio of twenty odd years ago. The two DOC (the official Italian equivalent of the French Appellation Contrôllée) versions are - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. The other Marche DOC whites are Bianchello del Metauro and Colli Pesaresi Bianco from the north, Esino Bianco and Colli Maceratesi Bianco from the central Marche, and Falerio from the south.

Reds:
While the Marche is known world-wide for its white wine, the region also makes some outstanding reds. Around the Conero peninsula, Rosso Conero, made from the Montepulciano grape, is a rich, perfumed wine. Rosso Piceno, and the even better Rosso Piceno Superiore from the south, blend Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes. A red sparkling oddity is Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, normally a sweet dessert wine but also available in a drier secco version; this is Le Marche's other DOCG wine. Other Marche DOC reds are Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi around Pesaro, Esino Rosso and the delicious intensely-scented Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, both from the central Marche, and Colli Maceratesi Rosso from around Macerata.