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Central Italy - Wine Map of Central Italy

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Wine Map of Central Italy

The long central section of the Italian peninsula extends from Tuscany’s northwestern border with Liguria over seven regions to Molise in the deep southeast. The unifying feature is the dorsal chain of the Apennines, which runs the length of the central regions, dividing them down the middle. On the Adriatic flank, an almost uninterrupted winegrowing belt stretches parallel to the coast through Romagna, Le Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise, occupying the plains and the hills that rise toward the mountains. On the western side of the Apennines, the key wine areas are dotted around hilly inland areas in Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.


Central Italy: Areas & top producers

Romagna

Fattoria Zerbina

La Berta

San Patrignano

Stefano Berti

Tre Monti


Le Marche

Boccadigabbia

Bucci

Fattoria Le Terrazze

Garofoli Gioacchino

La Monacesca

Monte Schiavo – La Vite

Saladini Pilastri

Sartarelli

Umani Ronchi


Umbria

Arnaldo Caprai – Val di Maggio

Castello della Sala

Lungarotti

Palazzone


Lazio

Castel de Paolis

Di Mauro Paola – Colle Picchioni

Falesco

Fontana Candida

Villa Simone


Abruzzo

Fattoria La Valentina

Illuminati Dino

Masciarelli

Valentini


Molise

Di Majo Norante


Perfect case: Central Italy

Terroir at a glance

Latitude:

41.5–45°N.


Altitude:

0–700 m.


Topography:

Central Italy stretches from the hills of northeast Tuscany to the coastal plain of Molise. Terrain and altitude vary greatly, but vineyards tend to be found on the flat plains and foothill sites.


Soil:

Calcareous clay in the Adriatic hill zones; very mixed stony marls in central Tuscany and sandy clays in the Maremma. Red grapes perform best here, but the chalky clay of Orvieto and the volcanic soils of Frascati allow some whites to thrive, too.


Climate:

Varies but summers are generally hot and dry, followed by cool winters. Mediterranean climate in the south, and relatively cooler in the north of the region.


Temperature:

July average is 75°F (24°C).


Rainfall:

Annual average ranges from 600 to 900mm.


Wind:

Cool maritime breezes from the Adriatic moderate the high summer temperatures on the east coast.


Viticultural hazards:

Spring frost; hail; harvest rain.

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