Verdicchio has had a long history in the Marche region of central Italy with documents noting its presence there since at least the 14th century. Despite its sensitivity to climate conditions and propensity to produce variable yields of variable quality wine, Verdicchio was a very popular planting in central Italy with an estimated 65,000 hectares planted in the mid-1980s. These figures made Verdicchio the 15th most planted variety of any grape in the world, ahead of well-known varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese. While Verdicchio is widely grown throughout the Marche, Umbria and Lazio regions, it is most often encountered in the DOC wines of Verdicchio di Matelica and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Castelli di Jesi, located around the commune of Jesi in the Ancona province, is the larger of the two areas and tends to produce a higher volume of wine. In Matelica, located in the nearby province of Macerata, the yields for Verdicchio are more restricted under DOC regulation with the best vineyard locations situated along hillsides of the Esino valley.

Staffolo is a comune in the Province of Ancona in the Italian region Marche. The small village of Staffolo, just over 2300 inhabitants, located on the top of a hill in the hinterland of Ancona, in the Esino valley, has very ancient origins. Over the centuries Staffolo has preserved the typical aspect of a medieval village. The two most important monuments are the thirteenth-century churches of S. Egidio and S. Francesco

The economy of the village has always been determined by agriculture, mainly with the cultivation of the vine and the olive tree, the production of the precious Verdicchio and extra virgin olive oil.


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