Marche

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi or di Matelica, one of the strongest Italian white wines. More powerful in the Jesi version, more fine in the Matelica version.

'Falerio dei colli ascolani, A white wine whose millennial history is written in the name itself, typically Roman, which, in turn, was derived from that of the ancient city of Faleria. It is produced in the rolling hills between Fermo and Falerone and it is excellent with fish and white meats.

Rosso Conero, A red wine produced in the Conero area, south of Ancona and it is made from the Montepulciano grape. It is a rich, perfumed wine that often reaches greatness. From 2006 it boasts the coveted DOCG description

Rosso Piceno, is a red wine produced in the south of the region the "Piceno" area, made from at least 60 percent Sangiovese the Chianti grape, plus some of Marche's native Montepulciano and, optionally, small amounts of the local red grape Passerina and the white Trebbiano. Legend has it that Hannibal used the hearty red wine of Piceno as a rubdown for his army's horses.

Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, An intensely-scented red wine produced in the area around Morro d'Alba. The principal vine variety is Lacrima, with the possible addition of Montepulciano and/or Verdicchio but only up to 15% of the blend. The name Lacrima means tear as in weep and derives from the fact that as the fruit ripens the juice seeps through the skin of the grape. The denomination may be derived from some legend or simply from the nearly oval shape of the grape or the pyramidal form of the cluster, both resembling tear drops. The wine is almost a varietal, for all "correction" is limited to the addition of 15 per cent of Montepulciano and/or Verdicchio grapes.

Vernaccia di Serrepetrona, an extraordinary sparkling red wine.