The principal white wine of the region is Verdicchio, a dry white made primarily from the Verdicchio grape in the Castelli di Jesi DOC zone. Smaller amounts of Malvasia and Trebbiano may be blended with Verdicchio. Bianchello del Matauro, from the north coast of Pesaro, and Bianco dei Colli Maceratesi, made south of Ancona, are other excellent whites to try [source: Wine Country].
The red wines of Marches are based on the Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. Marches produces 14 DOC wines and two DOCG wines: Conero (a red made mostly from Montepulciano grapes) and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona (an ancient sparkling red wine) [source: ItalianMade]. Among the DOCs, wine experts view the Rosso Piceno as exceptional. It's a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano that also may have small amounts of Trebbiano and Passerina [source: Stevenson].
These are the DOC-label wines from Marches:
Wines from the Offida DOC come in both red and white, and originate in the hills north of Ascoli Piceno and south of the River Aso. The newest Marches DOC, Terreni di San Severino, also comes in different varieties, including Rosso, Rosso Superiore, Rosso Passito and Moro [source: Stevenson].
Although the vini da tavola designation is typically considered of lower quality, those made by Rosso di Corinaldo and Tristo di Montesecco are highly rated [source: Stevenson]. Other non-DOC label wines to consider are Vinsanto di Sant'Angelo in Vado and Tristo di Montesecco from the Pergola area. If you're in the market for a sparkling brut, look for one that has been produced by using the champagne method.
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