Jesi, township in Ancona province in Le Marche, a region on the Adriatic coast of Italy which gives its name to–but does not lie within–the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC region. Jesi lies on a plain, at the point where the valley of the Esino river, now close to the sea, widens. The old part of the town is surrounded by stone walls. Within are three squares and the town’s most important buildings, including the Teatro Pergolesi.

Nicolas Belfrage (2003, p214-5) says Iesi (sic) derives from the ancient, possibly pre-Roman settlement of Aegis which gives its name to the nearby Esino river, rather than anything to do with Jesus, ‘a common error’, he says.

Jesi’s most famous son, Frederick II of Swabia, the “puer Apuliae” meaning son of Puglia, was born here in 1194. Scienza & Imazio point out that the region’s ties with emperor Frederick meant that the area was renamed Castelli di Jesi.

Winegrowing

Benedictine and subsequently Camaldolese monks played a key role in the development and improvement of wine production (Scienza & Imazio, 2019, p202).

Bibliography

Attilio Scienza & Serena Imazio, Native Grape Odyssey Vol. 1, p200 (Positive Press, 2019), p202.

The Italian Wine Guide (Touring Club of Italy, 1999), p363.

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo–The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003).