Snuggled between the Apennine valleys and the Adriatic, the Marche region is home to a contrasting selection of vineyards that reflect its particular location between the hills in the hinterland, with their harsh climate, and the temperate influence of the sea.

While the conditions in the hinterland are especially well suited to white wines, it comes as no surprise that the best reds come from the vineyards close to the Adriatic coast. Some of the region's best red wines are produced south of Ancona, capital of the Marche, mostly from Montepulciano grapes only.

Over recent decades, the use of this variety has resulted in quality reds replacing the white wines, which are appreciated for their light and fresh character. (

Capital: Ancona

Provinces: Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Pesaro, Urbino

Total surface area of vineyards: 18,000 ha

Annual output: 781,000 hl

Red/rosé: 376,000 hl

White: 405,000 hl

Proportion of total vineyards in Italy: 1.8%