WINE SCHOOL 21 - 27 April 2014

REGION: Italy > Central > Marche

The central belt of Italy - home to many of the country's greatest wines - consists of Tuscany on the west coast, Umbria in the middle and Marche on the east coast. White grapes, in particular Verdicchio, dominate the vineyards that spread from flat coastal sites to the foothills of the Appennines.

Key red grapes: Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Key white grapes: Verdicchio


GRAPE: Verdicchio

Verdicchio is known to have been grown in Italy's Marche region as long ago as the 14th century and is still widely planted there today. It is commonly found in straightforward lemon-scented thirst-quenchers but is capable of producer richer, more serious wines that develop aromas of nuts and honey with age.

Young wines typically have a green-yellow hue. It is also used to make sparkling wines (spumante in Italian).

Synonyms: Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano di Lugana

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