This wine region, though not well known outside Italy, produces excellent red and white wines. The regional white that has garnered a great reputation in the wine community is the characteristically dry Verdicchio. Grown in several DOC regions in Marches, Verdicchio is the perfect complement to two of the region’s most popular dishes; the Brodetto di Pesce, a seafood stew that is reflective of all the Adriatic Sea has to offer, and the Lumache alle Nove Erbe, a classic dish of snails cooked with nine different aromatic herbs.
Aside from the wonderfully flavored whites of the region, Marches is known for creating fantastic red wines from the Montepulciano grape. With limestone-rich soil, and a cool, maritime climate, the Montepulciano grape takes on characteristics that are not found elsewhere in Italy, making the resulting wines exquisite in quality, while maintaining flavors and aromas that are completely unique to the region.