In addition to a beautiful coastline and white sand beaches, the Le Marche region's diverse terroir creates some of Italy's most interesting wines.
The name 'Marche' comes from the Germanic 'mark' which means 'border'. The region is so called because it marked one of the borders of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Marche region faces the Adriatic Sea to the east and is surrounded by the Umbria-Marches Apennines to the west The Marche region is hilly and mountainous, while the plains are limited to a narrow coastal strip.
The highest mountainous massif in the region is the Monti Sibillini, located around Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Macerata. The coast is broken in half by the Conero promontory, which divides the Marche coast into two sections.
Monte Conero, the core of the promontory, gives rise to high and spectacular limestone cliffs and is the highest point of the Marche coast and of the entire Adriatic coast.
Why is it called Monte Conero?
Monte Conero is a promontory that divides the Marche coast into two sections and protects the Gulf of Ancona. Monte Conero takes its name from one of its ancient products, the Komaròs, which the ancient Greeks called the strawberry tree or "sea cherry", a typical shrub of the Mediterranean maquis.
The best wine of this region is Verdicchio, a white wine with a nice citrus flavor and a hint of spiciness. Verdicchio is made in the districts of Castelli di Jesi and Matelica. The former is more open to the influence of the sea, while the latter is more closed.
The Marche wine industry is divided into two main zones. The first zone, which lies to the east, includes the provinces of Macerata, Ascoli Piceno and Fermo. The second zone includes the province of Ancona and parts of the province of Pesaro and Urbino.
The wine-growing areas are mainly concentrated in the province of Macerata.
The list of D.O.C.G. of Marche:
The Marche region is home to indigenous grape varieties such as Lacrima and Vernaccia nera. Chardonnay, Ciliegiolo, Passerina, Pecorino, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca Lunga and Sangiovese Piccolo are also cultivated.
The Marche region, in the field of food and wine, represents a unique reality and can be considered as the synthesis of Italian delicacies grouped in a single land, Italy in one region. The Marche region boasts a gastronomic tradition made up of simple and genuine ingredients, unique flavours, where dishes with strong and decisive flavours, mainly meat-based, alternate with dishes based on shellfish, blue fish and seafood.