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Celebrating the Wines of Central & Southern Italy

Celebrating the Wines of Central & Southern Italy | Wines and People |

Wine in central and southern Italy is as diverse as the regions themselves. For centuries the regions of Italy have developed their own wine identity that each region has its own unique grape varietals. Yes there is some overlap among the twelve regions, but the true beauty of the wines from these areas is the variation.

It’s a wine explorers dream.

The reason why I’m focusing on central and southern Italy is the lack of publicity the twelve regions receive; well except for one, Tuscany. The other regions are Umbria, Lazio (where Rome is located), Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily, and Sardinia. [...]

  • Umani Ronchi 2010 Fonte de Re, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Marche

A customer said to me one day, while she was looking at this wine, “do you have many people taking a bottle of this home? It’s just so aromatic.” My first thought was no, not enough. Lacrima is the varietal used in the bottling and has the customer alluded to it is very gorgeous aromatically, conjuring up images of violets and maybe lavender. There is plenty of bright, juicy, and deep fruit to balance everything making for a great wine to just smell. Coming from the Marche you’re going to find a soft and easy going palate that is well suited for grilled or roasted entrées.
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The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers and gourmets from the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a first DOCG of the Region, to the Pecorino or Passerina, rediscovered wines that recently hit the headlines. Also the Rosso Conero and Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG wines, two great reds native to the vineyards of just seven municipalities in the Le Marche province of Ancona. The Le Marche where all these wines are found have mountains and hills gently sloping down to the coast, a great terroir, essential for the growth of great wines. In 2012, Le Marche produced 920,000 hl (10.2 million cases) of wine. There are 16 DOC and 5 DOCG wines, these spread throughout the Marche region, thus confirming the high level of quality reached by this wonderful regions wine production. Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
Curated by Mariano Pallottini