There is real energy and a sense of confidence in Marche winemaking. The wines have come a long way from the eponymous Verdicchio with its tall Amphora bottle that fitted neither wine racks nor fridges, I liked it though.
Verdicchio is now recognised as one of Italy’s great white wines, it is made in a variety of styles and the only one I have yet to be convinced by is the oak-aged genre.
Falerio is made in the province of Piceno and is named after the ancient town of Falerone, the grape varieties that can been used include Pecorino and the once reviled Passerina and there are any number of styles of the wine, though it is usually the opening white from each winery.
The up and coming whites are the single varietal wines from Pecorino, Passerina and Maceratino.
Red wines are unsurprisingly based on Sangiovese and Montepulciano and named after the provinces in which they were made; Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero.
There is also Conero DOCG which must come from the hill of Conero to the south of Ancona.
For the seekers of the unusual there is Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Vernaccia Nera di Serrapetrona.
Lacrima is a vine that had all but died out and now has grasped the lifeline through the work of devoted winemakers like Stefano Mancinelli.
Vernaccia Nera is a varietal simply described as ‘Grenache’ in Jancis Robinson’s brick on grapes, quote this to the folk of Serrapetrona if you wish to wind them up.
our Marche selection by Winemaker / Estate...
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Honeyed, deep strawberry and damson fruit with violet and vanilla. Sweet, not cloying, a masterpiece.Learn More
This is like the trailer for a great Tawny port, explosive nut, date, sweet, fat honeyed fruit, (pure Christmas cake in a glass), but it is unfortified, pure and natural, none of the alcohol burn, just spectacular.Learn More
This is from Stefano’s own Verdicchio grapes, the delicacy of flavours found in the wine is reflected in the spirit which has hints of almond and fresh cut grass. A light and clean tasting grappa, delicate and balanced.Learn More£26.75
Turkish delight and lavender on the nose, fresh, almost citrus, soft berry fruit with a tight mineral style which is remarkably palate cleansing.Learn More£15.50 As low as: £14.75
Pear, lychee and white flower aromas, beautifully textured with wild honey and candied lemon, grapefruit and ripe herb. The flavours linger and develop well after the glass has emptied, a complex mineral wine that will develop intensity over the next few years.Learn More£15.00 As low as: £14.26
Insane violet, lavender and rose, incredible purity. Floral dark fruit, Turkish delight, blueberry and black cherry, wonderful wineLearn More£17.75 As low as: £16.00
Jasmine and lime, a beautifully perfumed and delicate vintage, really mineral with fresh-cut pineapple, grapefruit, honey and tarragon flavours.Learn More£12.50 As low as: £11.90