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IMT : one vineyard, many wines


The Istituto Marchigiano di Tutela Vini (Marche regional tutelary institute for wines) has managed to build up an identity. First of all, IMT stands for the concept of a Marche Vineyard. The Consortium, in fact, does not protect a single designation or a part of the regional wine production, but it protects the quasi totality of it. With over 850 members, there are very few that remain outside of this consortium which was founded in 1999 and is now able to represent over 8,000 hectares of vineyards and 90% of the total exports. The “big” producers have served as magnets to attract the “little” ones who, in turn, have put in all of their quality and potential to contribute to creating a well-defined image and making it complete. The IMT institute, led by Gianfranco Garofoli, President, and Alberto Mazzoni, Director, tells the story of the wines of Le Marche. To do so, it has chosen a truly innovative promotional and communicative tool: sensorial analysis. The 16 designations of origin, of which four are DOCG, have been mapped by the Italian Center for Sensorial Analysis, so as to identify the distinguishing features of each wine. To taste a wine, the mouth alone no longer suffices to tell the story of a land as it is reflected in its wines; the designation also needs a descriptive language that can be understood simultaneously in all parts of the world and, even if the sensations imparted by a wine are subjective, its structure must nevertheless respond to universal parameters. Alberto Mazzoni, the active director of the Consortium, has followed the logical path of enhancing the value of the peculiarities of each grape, allowing them to grow, according to their own requirements of time and style, then exporting them all over the world without fear of having them emulated or counterfeited. IMT is a modern concern, one in which the plurality of the designations and the territories is its true strength. Over the years, the Consortium has grown thanks to the combined strengths of all of the member winegrowers that have participated in the project. The Marches are synonymous with multiplicity, starting from the composition of its different terrains. Its winning trump card is its multiple autochthonous identities; in fact, in the regional list of grape varieties suitable for production, there are as many as 52 and of these, 30 are absolutely identified with the territory. In the world of wine, each region has its flagship and in the Marches this is without a doubt the Verdicchio, it too, with a dual identity, in both the Jesi and the Matelica versions, expressing with each, colors, scents and flavors that are unrepeatable elsewhere. It is the white wine that has won the most awards and yet, it is the most discrete wine of Italy. Here there are numerous other pearls, too, such as, the Conero, the Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, the Bianchello del Metauro, Pergola and the Colli Maceratesi. One must visit Le Marche to fully grasp and appreciate what remains on the palate once these wines have been tasted.

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