A Guide to Le Marche’s Wines, Rich Reds & Crisp, Dry Whites
Wine and food lovers, get ready to indulge in Le Marche’s delicious wines and culinary delights. The region, located in central Italy, is known for its diverse wine selection and traditional dishes that will leave your taste buds dancing.
Le Marche boasts a long history of winemaking, and today it is home to many wineries producing excellent reds and whites. One of the most popular wines in the region is Verdicchio, a white wine that is known for its dry, crisp and mineral flavour. This wine is often paired with seafood dishes and is produced in the province of Ancona, where it is one of the most important wines of the region. Another popular, and award-winning white wine is Ribona – which comes in both still and sparkling varieties and is grown around the Macerata region.
Another wine to try is Rosso Conero, a red wine made from Montepulciano grapes. This wine is known for its full-bodied, rich and spicy flavour, and it is perfect to pair with red meats and hearty pasta dishes. Le Marche is also home to several other wines, such as Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, a red wine made from Lacrima grapes and Pecorino, a white wine made from Pecorino grapes.
If you’re interested in trying Le Marche’s wines, there are several wineries that offer tours and tastings. Many of these wineries also have wine shops where you can purchase bottles to take home with you. Casa Lucia has links with a number of local vineyards and we’re happy to arrange a tasting for you and combine it with a cookery lesson that makes use of some of the local wines in the dishes we create. The town of Loro Piceno, where Casa Lucia is based, is home to an annual ‘Vino Cotto’ festival – which takes place every August, (usually the 3rd weekend). Vino Cotto, (literally ‘cooked wine’) is sweet, similar to the better known Marsala, (from Sicily), but with an earthy depth that makes it idea in sauces with robust foods like venison and wild boar, both quintessential Winter dishes in Le Marche. If you visit us during the Festa season, you will find locally produced vino cotto available to try and also a variety of dishes which make use of the tasty wine on offer to sample as well!
Le Marche is also home to several wine festivals, such as the Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) event which takes place every year towards the end of May, where you can taste and purchase wines from local wineries.
And let’s not forget about the food, Le Marche offers a diverse and delicious culinary scene, with a mix of traditional and modern dishes, locally-sourced ingredients, truffle delicacies and delicious wines, it’s a great place to visit for food and wine lovers. At Casa Lucia Bistro we love searching out the best wines our region has to offer and we are happy to make pairing suggestions for you.
We hope you have enjoyed our guide to Le Marche’s wines, we think Le Marche is a wine lover’s paradise, offering a diverse selection of excellent reds and whites, from crisp Ribone and Verdicchio to rich Rosso Conero. And for foodies, it’s a gastronomic delight, with a mix of traditional and modern dishes, locally-sourced ingredients, truffle delicacies, and delicious wines. So, book your trip to Le Marche and reserve a table at Casa Lucia Bistro and prepare to indulge in the best of Italian wine and cuisine.