Verdicchio is the name of a white grape variety. It is also a part of many DOC names from central Italy that are made exclusively from the grape.
Verdicchio is grown in Italy’s Marche region, where it produces two Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wines, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica.
Of these two regions, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC comes from the larger production area. Its vineyards are located to the west of the Ancona province, in the commune of Jesi. The Adriatic Sea is a mere 30 kilometres away. This is Marche’s largest DOC area, and production is largely controlled by growing cooperatives and négociant houses.
Verdicchio di Matelica DOC comes from further inland, close to the border with Umbria. The growing region is considerably smaller than that of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, and the vineyards are at a higher elevation. Traditionally, Verdicchio di Matelica’s wines were considered the better of the two: Thanks to that elevation, its lower yields and better sun exposure due to its hillside vineyards, Verdicchio from Matelica had a fuller body and showed more character.
This is no longer necessarily the case, as Castelli di Jesi has worked on reducing yields and better understanding the individual subzones of the growing region regarding elevation, soil types and exposure. Both Matelica and Castelli di Jesi are thus capable of producing high-quality Verdicchio, with some of the very best coming from single vineyards.
Two Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designations were created in 2011, and demonstrate Verdicchio’s capacity for ageing and complexity. Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG and Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOCG must undergo a minimum of 18 months’ ageing prior to release.
Verdicchio produces wines with high acidity and good structure. The wines typically show citrus fruit flavors of mandarin, lemon and grapefruit, and a distinctive almond character. In youth, this almond note is decidedly bitter, though over time that bitterness subsides and gives rise to a sweet marzipan quality.
Outside of Matelica and Castelli di Jesi, the Verdicchio grape is permitted in numerous other DOC wines, including Cerveteri, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Perugini, Colli Pesaresi, Colli di Trasimeno and Esino, among others.
Though most Verdicchio is dry white wine, some producers make sweet passito wine or sparkling spumante wine. The grape’s naturally high acidity helps in producing both styles.
The Verdicchio grape has been found to be identical to the grape varieties Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano di Lugana and Trebbiano Veltenesi.
Verdicchio should not be confused with similar-sounding but distinct grapes Verdea, Verdeca, Verdejo, Verdelho and Verdello.
Interesting in learning more about this white wine, or trying some of your own? Wine Enthusiast Magazine publishes all our expert reviews online, where they can be easily browsed in our online Buying Guide. Search through and find the Verdicchio wine to please your palate!
Filodivino 2020 Coccio Verdicchio (Marche)Central ItalyThe Coccio 100% Verdicchio macerated for 20 days before being aged in ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$27
Filodivino 2020 Matto (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyThe Matto represents the best selection of grapes from the Filodivino estate. ...See Full Review$25
Filodivino 2021 Serra46 (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyThis wine is as if you are sitting in a citrus orchard ...See Full Review$19
Lucchetti 2021 Birbacció (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)Central ItalyThe first notes are aromas of lime blossom, honeysuckle and roasted lemon ...See Full Review$18
Cantina Valle Tritana 2021 Di Matelica Verdicchio (Marche)Central ItalyRoasted lemon, Key lime leaf and citrus blossoms define the aromas of ...See Full ReviewN/A
Borgo Paglianetto 2015 Metodo Classico Brut (Verdicchio di Matelica)Central ItalyMade with Verdicchio, this savory sparkler opens with inviting aromas of sun-warmed ...See Full Review$38
Garofoli 2018 Brut Riserva Metodo Classico (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyWhite spring field flower, brioche and white stone fruit aromas form the ...See Full Review$32
Montecappone 2017 Mirizzi Extra Brut Metodo Classico (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyMade entirely with Verdicchio, this has subtle aromas of French oak, yellow ...See Full Review$45
Bucci 2019 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreCentral ItalyThis gorgeous white opens with enticing aromas of Mediterranean herb, yellow spring ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$26
Bucci 2017 Villa Bucci (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)Central ItalyAromas of yellow spring flower, beeswax, ripe stone fruit and hazelnut mingle ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$61
Umani Ronchi 2019 Casal di Serra Bio (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)Central ItalyAromas of botanical herb, white stone fruit and almond carry on to ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$19
Colonnara 2013 Metodo Classico Ubaldo Rosi Brut (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyAromas of hawthorn, ripe white stone fruit and botanical herb waft out ...See Full Review$90
Umani Ronchi 2018 Vecchie Vigne (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)Central ItalyMade with organically farmed, old vines and aged in concrete, this medium-bodied ...See Full Review$40
Umani Ronchi 2017 Plenio Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyThis has delicate aromas suggesting chamomile, honey and balsamic aromas of eucalyptus. ...See Full Review$40
Umani Ronchi 2019 Villa Bianchi (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyTangy and fresh, this offers aromas of fragrant spring flower, tropical fruit ...Best BuySee Full Review$12
Colonnara NV Spumante Metodo Classico Luigi Ghisleri Brut (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)Central ItalyMade with Verdicchio grapes, this has unusual aromas recalling dill and celery ...See Full Review$35
Bucci 2018 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreCentral ItalyDelicately scented, this offers aromas of spring blossom and white stone fruit. ...See Full Review$26
Col di Corte 2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreCentral ItalySubtle aromas of Spanish broom, white stone fruit and toasted nut float ...See Full Review$25
Bucci 2004 Villa Bucci Vintage Collection Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)Central ItalyAromas of dried botanical herbs, hay, mature stone fruit, acacia honey and ...See Full ReviewN/A
Bucci 2016 Villa Bucci Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)Central ItalyDelicate, enticing scents of Spanish broom, botanical herbs, beeswax and ripe citrus ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$61