Uniquely from the Marche region, Verdicchio wines have risen rapidly in quality over recent years, and are now considered impressive in both their depth and complexity. In fact, they are often ranked among the noblest native white Italian wines, with the award-winning Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOCG described as Italy’s premier wine to serve with fish. The climate and soil of the Marche are excellent, and perfectly conducive to wine production of a spectacular nature. Near the sea and the imposing Monte Conero, the soil is rich in limestone, and this acidity, combined with the maritime climate, gives the wines their characteristic flavor. Verdicchio is one of the most versatile grapes. Infact, it makes a convincing sparkling wine as well, usually by the sealed tank method of fermentation, but also occasionally produced with the classic in-bottle method. As well as an excellent sweet wine.
Verdicchio wine has been documented in the Marche region since mid-1500. In fact, legend has it that Hannibal used it to rub down the horses in his cavalry division to invigorate them. Whatever its actual role in history, the wine has enjoyed a considerable tradition in the area, and has been classified as Denomination of Origin Controllato (DOC) for over forty years and just recently has been awarded DOCG status.