Definition - What does Verdicchio mean?
Grown in Central Italy, Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety. From the Italian word verde meaning, green, wines made from Verdicchio are characterized by a noticeable green hue. A versatile grape variety, Verdicchio produces both still and sparkling wines known for their lively acidity and pronounced citrus aromas and flavors.
WineFrog explains Verdicchio
The Verdicchio grape variety is used to produce Verdecchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica, which are Denominazione di origine Controllata (DOC) wines of the Ancona and Macerata provinces. These wines are very clear, but have a distinct green hue, along with high acidity, bright citrus and slightly bitter almond flavors.
The balance of acidity and flavors in Verdicchio make it a smooth drinking wine that pairs well with many foods. The high acidity of the Verdecchio variety makes it a good choice to produce sparkling wines with as well. Wine grape growing production methods combined with DOC regulations allow wine grape growers to control yields that produce full flavored grapes.