Marche – just behind the knee


A much-needed (in the northern hemisphere) ray of sunshine from Tam here based on her trip to the Marche last summer. See also Walter's Verdicchio Week in 2012.

If the map of Italy is a thigh-high boot, Marche is the soft leather bit, just behind the knee. Appropriate, perhaps, for the home of Italian leather (shoes and handbags, anyone?). Equally appropriate for its behind-the-knee status on the global wine map.

Framed on one side by the infinity-blue of the Adriatic sea, and on the other by the spine of the Apennines, it’s an unassuming landscape of soft hills, dotted with...