(or The Marches
) is a wine region located in central Italy, on the eastern side of the Apennines, along the Adriatic coast, south of Emilia Romagna and north of Abruzzo. The main Marche
wine producing areas are located inland where the land is sheltered by the mountains.
The Marche climate, strongly influenced by the proximity of the warm Adriatic Sea, is mild and ideal for viticulture. The main grape varieties used for the wines of Marche are the Verdicchio for the white wines and the Sangiovese and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo for the reds. Other varieties are sometimes used to complement the blends, including Bianchello, Trebbiano and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona.
The Marche region boasts 11 DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). The most important of these are the two Verdicchio designations: Verdicchio di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. For the red wines, the Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno appellations are the most interesting. In recent years, the region has gained a growing reputation for the quality of its wines, following the modernization of both the management of the vineyards and the winemaking. The wines produced by Boccadigabbia illustrate this quality perfectly.