The Marches is a region in central Italy that borders the Adriatic Sea on the east and lies between Emilia-Romagna and Abruzzi. It contains 10 DOC areas that produce about 12 percent of the region’s total wine output. The DOCs include Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Montepulciano and Sangiovese are the primary red grapes, and Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Verdicchio are the main white varieties. The most famous wine of this region is Verdicchio, traditionally sold in green amphora-shaped bottles. The use of cold fermentation and stainless steel has become widespread among the premium producers of Verdicchio. This dry, crisp white wine, when produced properly, is fantastic with citrus fruit flavors, a touch of minerality and a fresh grassy aroma.