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Making a mark in Le Marche

This eastern Italian region, most famously the home of Verdicchio, has dragged its heels compared with nearby Tuscany and Umbria. But improvements in quality and a boom in organic viticulture mean it is now enjoying better times, says Simon Woolf...

Originally published in the May 2016 issue of Decanter.

Every year, 18 million bottles of Verdicchio from Le Marche are sold – a global commercial success that’s possibly both blessing and curse. For many, this is the only touch-point with the most easterly region in Italy’s central bulge. Never mind that Verdicchio’s popularity obscures a substantial proportion of the region’s output; it also leads to some wrong assumptions. Does Marche only produce white wine? Is it dominated by large cooperatives producing simple quaffers?

Scroll down to see Simon Woolf’s top eight wines from Le Marche

The answer to both questions is an emphatic no – you’ll find some of the Adriatic coastline’s only red grapes here, as well as Montepulciano in its most northerly excursion, and increasing numbers of ambitious producers.

See Simon Woolf’s top eight wines from Le Marche

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