For a long time this fresh Mediterranean white led a shadowy existence in the hinterland of the Marche. Yet hardly anything goes so well with seafood and fish as this fragrant, racy and mineral wine from central Italy.
Certainly, this was already known in ancient times: the Verdiccio wine is said to have been known by the ancient Etruscans and it gave the Visigoths strength for the storming of Rome. Its first documented mention is in the 14th century, in the Marche, no wonder. Because that is where it is still and mainly cultivated. Although it can also be found in Umbria, Abruzzo and Sardinia, no other region produces a wine like the wine makers in the hinterland of the Marche: Best, dry developed quality wines, racy, full-bodied and crisp. For the sake of completeness, it should be noted that the grape is classified by wine researchers in the family of Greco-Trebbiano grapes.
Although the crisp white is probably the best partner for all water creatures ready to eat, it does not grow on the coast but in the hinterland, in the forerunners of the central Italian Apennines. Here the climate is mild and balanced, with warm days and fresh nights. The sea winds from the Adriatic ensure this. The Marche are situated between the sea and the mountains, bordering Emilia Romagna and the Republic of San Marino to the north, Abruzzo to the south and Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to the west.
There are two Verdicchio denominations: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio Matelica. Castelli di Jesi is the more famous area, about 90% of the Verdicchio wines are grown here in the gentle hills that stretch from the Adriatic coast to the first higher mountains. Here picturesque villages adorn the hilltops like little crowns, sleepily scattered around the little town of Jesi. Here in this moderately dry climate, the late ripening grape feels comfortable, the long and dry summers give it enough time to ripen completely and it thanks it with wines with lots of juicy fruit. The Verdicchio di Matelica is less extensive, covering only about 450 hectares and therefore rather rare. In the high mountain valley, deeper inland and without any connection to the sea, there is a rougher, rather continental climate. The mountain winds of the Apennines can sometimes be bitingly cold, with snow-covered mountain peaks towering in the distance. Here the nights are fresh and the grapes ripen slowly, it takes more time for the vines to get enough warmth. But in the cool nights they produce extracts and fine acidity. Good Matelica wines are more aromatic and mineral than other Verdicchios, but also lighter. Both have in common a fine, elegant bitter tone, reminiscent of sweet almonds. And the wines have a strong acidity, are full-bodied and present a fresh fruit bouquet with apple, pear and peach aromas.
Verdicchio is mainly marketed as a young wine, but it can also age extremely well. For treasure hunters, Verdicchio is a stroke of luck: it always gets top marks in ratings, but in the "wine standard" its quality and finesse has not yet made its mark. Therefore we vehemently believe: A top wine with exciting prices.
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