Historically, the region is most famous for the production of Verdicchio, a crisp white wine that made a distinctive impression outside of Italy when it arrived in a green amphora bottle. <p>Producers have worked hard to revitalize Verdicchio’s image by focusing on the fact that when well made, Verdicchio is a white wine capable of reaching top levels of quality. Production standards have risen steadily. This seems to herald a revival for a white produced at the rate of more than 20 million bottles a year that has typically been described as Italy's premier fish wine. <p>In recent years, Marche has been discovered for its red wines as well. The red wines of Marche are based chiefly on Sangiovese or Montepulciano.
Marche lies along Italy’s Adriatic coast. It is just south of Emilia-Romagna, east of Umbria and barely borders Tuscany on its northwestern shoulder. This peaceful region boasts an agreeable climate that is moderated by breezes coming off the Adriatic or down from the Apennine mountain range that runs along Marche’s western border.