A little light info to get us all started on Le Marche:
Total Vineyard Size:
16,917 hectares – total regional vineyard including Quality wines, Table wines & Table grapes
Dedicated to Quality
10,376 hectares | dedicated to producing grapes for Quality wines.
Castelli di Jesi
Lacrima di Morro
% DOP / IGP
From recent 2013 figures an estimated 33% of wines from Le Marche are produced according to EU DOP/PDO Quality standards. The region produces 20 DOP wines including 5 DOCG and 15 DOC wines. They also produce 1 IGP wine accounting for 19.5% of production. Table wines account for 47% of output.
As always, a number of the regions native grape varieties are used only for blending purposes. That said we’ve listed those grapes which we understand might be available as mono-varietals or which are important blenders. Naturally as we make our own discovery we’ll update these lists.
GAGLIOPPO DELLE MARCHE
LACRIMA DI MORRO D’ALBA
BIANCHELLO del Metauro*
The grape so-called ‘Bianchello’ turns out to be none other than the Biancame. It’s just that the wine from Metauro is called Bianchello. And so by default, locally the grape also took on the name Bianchello. Nice.
Interestingly you’ll find Verdicchio popping up in Veneto as Trebbiano di Soave.
Confirmed as being identical to Spain’s super native Garnacha. Yet locals in Le Marche, and particularly those of Serrapetrona, feel there’s something particular to their variety. Hmmm. Interesting taste tests coming up.
All data is intended to be for indicative purposes only due to the variability from vintage to vintage. But we do try to keep ourselves reasonably updated :)