Home Wine Grape Varieties Verdicchio Verdicchio Verdicchio is a high quality grape from the eponymous DOC in the Marche region of central Italy. The wines usually have a good body, with high acidity. It commonly has citrus, almond and faintly spicy flavours. The best examples are from the Macerata and Ancona provinces, known as Verdicchio di Materica DOC and Verdicchio dei Castello di Jesi DOC. It’s known for being sold in amphora-shaped bottles. The name derives from the Italian word for green, verde, in reference to the green tinge seen in the berries and the resultant wines. It has has been a popular wine in Italy since the 15th century. Style The fruit tends towards slow-ripening, preserving the acidity so that they are often crisp and refreshing when young, as well as enjoyable when aged. In his book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, Ian D’Agata asserts that ‘Verdicchio is arguably Italy’s greatest native white grape variety’. Expert's choice: Verdicchio Michael Garner picks his current favourites Making a mark in Le Marche Why this region it is now enjoying better times... Top Verdicchio wines from Marche The hillsides of Marche hold many secrets, among them the complexity and ageability of well-made Verdicchio... Ian D'Agata's top 10 Verdicchios Decanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on Verdicchios wines. Three wise men: Italy's winemakers No one has a better grasp of Italy’s current wine scene than the professional winemakers who work the length and breadth of the country. For an insider’s view, Carla Capalbo spoke to three of the best... DWWA 2014 Regional Trophy: White Regional Italy over £15 This year's Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for White Regional Italy over £15 went to Casal Thaulero, Thalè, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2007 (14.2%) Decanter's Italy Fine Wine Encounter event preview by Ian D'Agata On Saturday 10 May, at London's Lancaster hotel, wine lovers and Decanter readers will have the opportunity to taste some of Italy's greatest wines and meet the men and women who make them. Read Ian D'Agata's preview of the main highlights in what he says is the most impressive Italian Fine Wine Encounter yet. Italy's 10 most exciting wine styles The styles, regions and vintages every wine lover should know about Verdicchio (white) High quality grape from the eponymous DOC in the Marche region of Italy with good body and faintly spicy flavours. Best examples from the Jesi zone.