The Central Italy eastern coast guards a treasure. Here, you will find Le Marche, a wine region to be taken with a lot of seriousness and interest. It may not be the most famous one, but it sure shines on its own merit. The name Le Marche comes all the way from the medieval times. Ancona, the capital, is a major port town with a lot of history. When we say a lot, we mean that it existed when the Roman Empire did. Now, this region is famous for it breathtaking coastline, making it a perfect destination for tourists.
Regarding wine, it's underground where things get really interesting. With the Appenine Mountain Range to the west and the Adriatic sea to the left, it has an incredible mix between calcareous and limestone soil. The climate of Le Marche is also a combination. To the south, a mediterranean/maritime one. Land and sea. To the north, a much more continental climate. Land far from the ocean.
Verdicchio, which means "little green one" in Italian, is the pride and joy of Le Marche. The DOC for this one is Verdicchio Castelli Di Jesi DOC. Not only does this specific region has the mountain and the sea to influence its climate but also two rivers, the Cesano and the Esino. This grape produces several types of wines, from dry to sweet to sparkling, but the best to begin your journey in the special world of Le Marche's Verdicchio is the crisp and round straw colored green one.
The Verdicchio grape (Courtesy image)
As you may infer, Verdicchio is the most famous grape from Le Marche. But, as we love an adventure, we tried the very rare Lacrima di Morro D'Alba. We loved it, so now we have it in Cana. This grape is very appreciated for its very aromatic and richly flavored profile. It has an intense floral and spicy bouquet. The palate, a berry-dominated one. "Lacrima" means teardrop in Italian, like the tears of joy this wine is capable of producing!
The Lacrima di Morro D'Alba grape (Courtesy image)