Garofoli  (Marche/Italy)

Garofoli, one of the oldest wineries in the Marche, dates back to 1871 when Antonio Garofoli began producing wine for local pilgrims who came to the famous church of Loreto. Throughout the ages, the same philosophy has always guided the estate: constantly updating production techniques while respecting traditional winemaking methods and the unique terrior of the Marche. Garofoli was among the first producers in the Marche to reduce yields and experiment with barrel-aging, creating a Verdicchio with bigger body, structure, and complexity.

They also swapped the traditional amphora bottle for a more modern Bordeaux bottle. As such, they have undermined the commonplace notion that Verdicchio is a simple and undemanding wine that lacks longevity. In 1994 Garofoli became a joint-stock company, wholly owned by the family. Gianfranco Garofoli is company president while Carlo, one of the region’s most esteemed enologists, is CEO in charge of the technical and production departments. In 2005, Carlo’s daughter Beatrice, Gianfranco’s daughter and son, Caterina and Gianluca joined the company, the fifth generation to work in the family business. Garofoli wines are enjoyed throughout the world.